Aluminium for automotive conference

The current explosion in interest in lightweighting in the automotive sector is the main driver behind a new automotive conference taking place in Birmingham later in 2017.

Advanced Aluminium for the Automotive Industry is a two-day conference, to be held on 21 and 22 November 2017 at Millennium Point in Birmingham, at the centre of the UK’s manufacturing heartland.

The Conference has been developed by the Aluminium Federation to reflect the intense interest in technical developments in the area of automotive lightweighting.

Focusing on current developments, the Conference will present market-leading and emerging technologies concerning aluminium in vehicle manufacturing. Speakers and participants from the aluminium industry, automotive component suppliers, OEMs, and mechanical engineering will discuss innovative developments and new technologies for the automotive engineering of the future.

 

 

“It’s a time of rapid change for the global automotive industry,” said Aluminium Federation chief executive Will Savage. “And aluminium is at the centre of many of these developments, be it alternative power sources, autonomous vehicles or the continual demands for better performance, safety and efficiency through lightweighting.

“This conference brings together experts from both the aluminium and automotive sectors for what  promises to be two exciting days that showcase the fantastic potential of aluminium for automotive engineers.”

 

Organisations already confirmed as presenting include JLR, Constellium, CRU, Innoval Technology, Alloy Heat Treatment, Castalum, IPG Photonics, Sapa, SDF, European Aluminium, Bmax, Aeromet and Impression Technologies.

 

Windows that make the grade

Senior Architectural Systems’ innovative PURe range of aluminium windows has been specified for use on several new projects in the student accommodation sector.

One of the largest contracts to feature Senior’s windows is The Courtyard scheme at the University of Hull (left).  Comprising five separate blocks based around two central courtyards, the development has been designed by GSS Architecture and offers a range of facilities in addition to high-specification student accommodation. The extensive fenestration package also features Senior’s thermally efficient SF52 aluminium curtain walling.

 

Further projects in this sector include two new student residences in Sheffield. The new Sharman Court scheme offers students high-specification accommodation, featuring Senior’s PURe aluminium windows for architects Kelsey Design Associates.

Also in Sheffield, The Printworks (left) is another great example of purpose-built modern student living. Designed by Axis Architecture, PURe windows and SCW curtain walling have been installed throughout the six-storey building for developers Noble Design & Build.

As well as offering slim sightlines to create bright and airy interiors, aluminium significantly outperforms other types of framing material in terms of its durability to provide a low-maintenance solution that is both safe and secure.

Lotus bought by Geely

Chinese vehicle maker Geely has announced its purchase of Proton Cars – including a 51% stake in Lotus Cars.

This underpins the development of future Lotus models – including the planned ‘new Elise’ (concept impression below), due in 2010.

All current Lotus models use a varient of Lotus’ aluminium ‘tub’ chassis, made mainly from extrusions. The new 2020 model is believed  to use similar construction.

 

 

ALFED launches ‘Aluminium for Engineers’ Posted: 24th May 2017

Engineers are being offered a new workshop to boost their knowledge of working with aluminium. The use of this metal has grown significantly in recent years, especially in the automotive industry, where lightweighting is a priority for many companies.

The Aluminium Federation has developed an intensive two-day technical workshop,  Aluminium for Engineers, which gives participants practical understanding of aluminium production, processing and engineering applications.

“For many engineers, aluminium is a relatively unknown material,” said technical manager Jan Lukaszewski. “We are responding to requests from a range of companies for the Aluminium Federation to provide a technical introduction to working with aluminium for their engineers and technologists. I understand this personally, having worked for many years in the steel sector, and I had a rapid learning curve when I joined the Aluminium Federation two years ago.”

Jan Lukaszewski

Aluminium for Engineers will be held on 4-5 October 2017 at the National Metalforming Centre in West Bromwich.

The workshop is designed for individuals with a reasonable level of technical, engineering or metallurgy understanding, but not necessarily experienced in working with aluminium. Aluminium for Engineers is suitable for both new and more experienced employees, depending on their background, qualifications and experience. It is open to members and non-members of the Aluminium Federation.

The main areas covered by the workshop are:

• The theory of metals and the metallurgy of aluminium
• Primary and secondary aluminium production
• Aluminium specification and the heat treatment of aluminium
• Working with aluminium: extruding; rolling; forging; casting, pressing
• Wrought processing and techniques for joining aluminium
• Mechanical and non-destructive testing 
• Corrosion, coating and protection of aluminium.

 

Full details of the Aluminium for Engineers workshop may be found here.

 

ALFED launches ‘Aluminium for Engineers’

Engineers are being offered a new workshop to boost their knowledge of working with aluminium. The use of this metal has grown significantly in recent years, especially in the automotive industry, where lightweighting is a priority for many companies.

The Aluminium Federation has developed an intensive two-day technical workshop,  Aluminium for Engineers, which gives participants practical understanding of aluminium production, processing and engineering applications.

“For many engineers, aluminium is a relatively unknown material,” said technical manager Jan Lukaszewski. “We are responding to requests from a range of companies for the Aluminium Federation to provide a technical introduction to working with aluminium for their engineers and technologists. I understand this personally, having worked for many years in the steel sector, and I had a rapid learning curve when I joined the Aluminium Federation two years ago.”

Jan Lukaszewski

Aluminium for Engineers will be held on 4-5 October 2017 at the National Metalforming Centre in West Bromwich.

The workshop is designed for individuals with a reasonable level of technical, engineering or metallurgy understanding, but not necessarily experienced in working with aluminium. Aluminium for Engineers is suitable for both new and more experienced employees, depending on their background, qualifications and experience. It is open to members and non-members of the Aluminium Federation.

The main areas covered by the workshop are:

• The theory of metals and the metallurgy of aluminium
• Primary and secondary aluminium production
• Aluminium specification and the heat treatment of aluminium
• Working with aluminium: extruding; rolling; forging; casting, pressing
• Wrought processing and techniques for joining aluminium
• Mechanical and non-destructive testing 
• Corrosion, coating and protection of aluminium.

 

Full details of the Aluminium for Engineers workshop may be found here.

 

Project aims to boost aluminium coffee capsule recycling

Coffee company Nespresso has announced an initiative to boost recycling rates of its aluminium coffee capsules.

 

Working in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Alupro and Tandom Metallurgical Group, the company is launching a six-month trial, where consumers in the Borough will be able to recycle their used aluminium coffee capsules through their regular council household recycling collection service.

 

The trial is the first pilot project of its type for the coffee specialist in the UK, and is part of a project to expand existing recycling schemes. Nespresso has run its own recycling services for the past seven years, but is responding to customer feedback requesting alternative recycling channels for the capsules. Nespresso customers in the Borough will be sent dedicated purple recycling bags, to differentiatethen  from regular green recycling bags currently in use.

Unlike some competitor products, Nespresso capsules are all-aluminium, and therefore infinitely recyclable using Tandom’s specialist process, which also recovers the waste coffee grounds from the capsules to create nutrient-rich compost.

“Every week we are seeing an increase in the volume of capsules being sent in by customers through our system,” said Francisco Nogueira, managing director of Nespresso UK and Ireland. “But we know there is still much to be done, and recycling through the municipal system is something our customers have asked for.

“As well as being the best packaging to protect the quality of our coffee, aluminium does not lose its technical properties when recycled, which allows it to be used again and again. Unfortunately not all our customers are aware that, because our capsules are aluminium, they can be recycled. We are focused on communicating this as much as possible through our boutiques and customer channels, to encourage more people to send us back their capsules.”

Should the pilot prove successful, Nespresso intends to roll out similar schemes with other local authorities.

 

New President for the Aluminium Federation

The Aluminium Federation has announced the appointment of a new President.

Giles Ashmead, managing director of Powdertech (Corby) Ltd, was previously Vice-President of the Aluminium Federation, and succeeds Adrian Platt.

 

Powdertech is one of the UK’s leading metal finishing companies, focusing on the construction, automotive and rail sectors. The company has been involved in many headline construction projects such as the Shard, the ‘Cheesegrater’ and St Pancras Station, and coats components for JLR and train projects such as Hitachi IEP and Eurostar.

 

Giles has been a member of the Aluminium Federation’s Board since 2009, and has chaired both the Aluminium Finishing Association and its successor, the ALFED Finishing Cluster.

 

“I am delighted to welcome Giles as ALFED President,” said Will Savage, Aluminium Federation chief executive. “He has great technical knowledge, as well as experience in the aluminium sector and on the ALFED Board. Giles also played a key role in the smooth transition of the Aluminium Federation from an amalgamation of smaller associations, including the Aluminium Finishers Association, to a new direct membership model in 2015.”