Partnership activites aim to strengthen links with industry

TWI and ALFED partnership activities aim to strengthen links with industry

In May 2018 TWI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Aluminium Federation (ALFED) to start investigating joint opportunities, collaborative projects and mutual areas of interest.

The aim of the strategic partnership is to see an exchange of information through workshops, events and collaborative training opportunities, and has now started to build a programme of activity and opportunities for its Members.


Joint events already shared include innovation and technology days for the benefit of ALFED and TWI Members. Further days are in the pipeline, one of which will focus on bonding aluminium. More details will be available shortly.

A highlight for 2019 will be a joint TWI ALFED technology workshop hosted by TWI at its headquarters near Cambridge, UK.

Members will be able to learn more about TWI’s surfacing and joining know-how for aluminium, a key material for the automotive and aerospace sector.

As well as presentations, networking opportunities and a tour of TWI’s facilities, attendees will be able to relax and enjoy a social dinner in Cambridge the evening before the event. The workshop is being planned for February 2019.

Full details, including online registration, will be published soon.

Additional activities

The partnership is currently exploring opportunities to enhance joint activities with some of TWI’s existing academic partners, and is in the process of establishing a LinkedIn group, which will act as a sounding board for Members’ ideas and interests in the area

About the partnership

The MoU was signed at a joint meeting of ALFED’s Automotive and Innovation Group on 1 May 2018 and was followed by a meeting on 30 May, where aims and deliverables were set.

The mutually beneficial agreement will allow ALFED to introduce TWI’s expertise to its own Membership base, while ALFED’s experience in the aluminium industry, and associated sectors, offers a valuable interface for many of TWI’s Members who are looking to aluminium as a manufacturing solution. There is considerable opportunity to explore both industry and government-led collaborative initiatives together.

Year in Industry Programme

Year in Industry Programme – provided by the University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield have joined the Aluminium Federation as ALFED Members on a Knowledge Partnership basis.

Atttached you will find information on their Year in Industry Programme.

The Year in Industry Programme allows students to spend a year in industry as part of their degree.

By spending a year on an industrial placement, they will gain valuable work experience and evidence of applying their engineering skills, i.e. putting theory into practice.

The Year in Industry gives students an opportunity to find out what working in engineering/as a computer scientist is really like, and is an opportunity for a company to potentially offer a job to a student after graduation.

It will also give companies an insight into new engineering technologies being developed and a link with an engineering department within the University of Sheffield.

If any company requires further information, please contact Dr Neil Lowrie, Business Development Management Manager, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Sheffield.

Tel: 0114 2225506

There is no specific deadline so this information is valid for now and following years.

ASI Newsletter – August 2018 Posted: 28th August 2018

In the August edition of the ASI Newsletter:

  • ASI Outreach in China
  • Indigenous peoples and bauxite mining
  • Collaboration Agreement with the Responsible Business Alliance
  • 3 new ASI Members: SIG Combibloc, Kunshan Aluminium Co. Ltd., Quality Foil
  • 6 upcoming free 1-day ASI Training events for auditors and members/interested stakeholders (Berlin, Chicago area, Melbourne, Dubai)

Read the August Newsletter

ASI Newsletter – July 2018

In the July edition of the ASI Newsletter:

  • The ASI Certification journey: Infographic
  • ASI Aluminium is coming to market
  • 3 new ASI Members: Daimler AG, Impol d.o.o., Yantai Donghai Aluminium Foil Co., Ltd.
  • 6 upcoming free 1-day ASI Training events for auditors and members/interested stakeholders (Berlin, Chicago area, Melbourne, Dubai)
  • 2 events where ASI will be present and active
  • 1 webinar in co-operation with IBAT Alliance on the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool

Read the July Newsletter


US Sanctions / RUSAL

OFAC extends RUSAL, EN+ Group and GAZ Group general licence until 23 Oct.

The US has extended the general licence allowing Rusal to be divested from Oleg Deripaska from 5 August to 23 October, in line with the licence on doing business with Rusal.  Details can be found at