Members' News

10
Nov

 New adhesive-free process for aluminium-to-thermoplastic bonding

Powdertech Surface Science, expert in lightweight material processing, has developed an innovative, time and labour-saving method for joining aluminium to thermoplastics. Demonstrated within the Ariel Hipercar project, Powdertech has introduced a novel process for bonding polypropylene glass fibre composite to aluminium for the vehicle’s monocoque chassis. No adhesives are used at all.

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9
Nov

Application submitted for alloy wheel plant

GFG Alliance has submitted a planning application for an aluminium wheel production plant at its Lochaber site. It is hoped the application will be approved in spring 2018, allowing production at the plant, which could produce up to two million wheels annually, to begin in 2010.

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3
Nov

Rooms with a view

A new student accommodation scheme in Chester is making the most of its picturesque canalside location thanks to an attractive glazing package from Senior Architectural Systems. Taking inspiration from its location next to Chester’s famous Shropshire Union Canal, The Towpath development offers modern student accommodation facilities across two four-storey and one three-storey blocks. 

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2
Oct

Something old, something new...

The architectural grandeur of a former Masonic Hall has provided the inspiration for a new sixth form campus for d’Overbroeck’s College in Oxford which features glazing solutions from Senior Architectural Systems' Hybrid range.     Designed by TSH Architects, the new sixth form college is located at the site of the city’s former Masonic Hall which dates

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20
Sep

Electric cabs spur reopening of Sapa aluminium plant

Sapa is reopening a UK plant to supply material for the country's first electric vehicle factory that will produce London black cabs. The company will provide lightweight aluminium from a factory in Bedwas,  Wales, for the electric taxis, which are due to be launched this year by Geely-owned London Electric Vehicle Company.  Geely opened a new factory in Coventry in March to produce

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7
Sep

LME sets out strategic pathway

The London Metal Exchange has set out its strategic pathway following a comprehensive period of engagement with its users. The LME received 162 responses to its discussion paper on market structure from a broad range of users, whose feedback was instrumental to the formulation of the LME’s strategic pathway. Matthew Chamberlain, London Metal Exchange Chief Executive, said: “We are

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5
Sep

Senior’s glazing gives luxury car showroom a sleek design

Aluminium curtain walling, windows and doors from Senior Architectural Systems are helping to drive sales at the new Mercedes Benz Inchcape car showroom in Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port,  by providing a highly visible and attractive glazed façade. Installed and fabricated by Crystal Architectural Aluminium for main contractor Hantall Developments, the new car showroom has been

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1
Sep

Local MP visits powder-coater

Leading aluminium powder-coater Powdertech Corby was visited recently by local MP, Tom Pursglove. Tom, one of the youngest MPs in the Commons, won the Corby and East Northamptonshire seat in the 2015 General Election, and retained it in 2017. During his visit, Tom met with Powdertech Corby's Richard Besant and Giles Ashmead, who is also Aluminium Federation President, and with Ian Oliver from

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