New training course from Innoval

Innoval Technology has announced a new training course about aluminium automotive sheet, on 19-20 April 2018 at Innoval’s offices in Banbury.


Open to all, the Aluminium Automotive Sheet training course is specifically for companies new to making or using this product. It will help delegates to develop a thorough understanding of automotive sheet from a materials point of view. Consequently, they will be able to get to the root cause of problems faster and use their knowledge to improve processes and develop better products.

The course, written and delivered by technical specialists with expertise in automotive sheet, will cover the following topics:

  • Background to the use of aluminium in automotive applications
  • Equipment needs and supply chain considerations
  • Metallurgy basics and 5000-series alloys property control
  • Surface control and lubrication
  • Vehicle manufacture
  • 6000-series alloys property control
  • Surfaces and corrosion
  • Testing requirements and OEM qualification

Aimed at Senior Managers and Technical Specialists, the course will take place over 2 days and costs £1200 per delegate.

For more information and to request a registration form please contact:
Helen Forrest  Tel: +44 (0) 1295 702844  Mobile: +44 (0) 7793 632986, or visit the Innoval website.







The 2018 Metals Industry Apprentice of the Year Competition, sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers, is now open for applicants.  There are two awards, each worth over £1,200 (as well as runner-up prizes), which are open to current or recently completed apprentices working in metals’ industry companies.  Any apprentice working in a business which falls within the scope of Metals Forum trade associations is eligible.

These are the only awards specifically for metals industry apprentices, and they offer a major incentive for apprentices as well as excellent publicity opportunities for the Award Winners’ companies. If you have apprentices, please do encourage them to apply.

The two awards are:

   –   Career Development Award: designed to encourage and reward exceptional personal development and commitment to career progression.

   –   Craft Skills Award: designed to encourage and reward the achievement of high level, practical, ‘hands-on’, engineering, metallurgy or manufacturing skills.


The judges will be looking for apprentices who have made exceptional progress in developing their knowledge, skills and career in the metals industry; who have made outstanding contribution to their company; and who can demonstrate the greatest development during their apprenticeship. Evidence of “distance travelled”, in terms of individual achievement together with commitment and contribution to the company, will be as important as advanced qualifications or skills.

The closing date for applications is Friday 9 February 2018

For a copy of the application form and an information sheet which explains eligibility criteria please contact:




Last hurrah for aluminium icon

Land Rover has announced a limited-edition high-performance version of its iconic aluminium-bodied Defender, with up to 150 V8-powered examples re-engineered to celebrate the Land Rover marque’s 70th anniversary in 2018.


The Defender Works V8 pays homage to the early high-powered engines in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders including the 50th Anniversary Edition, which are highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors today.

Defender Works V8 is the most powerful and fastest version that Land Rover has ever created. The 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol V8 powertrain produces 405PS and 515 Nm of torque (the standard Defender delivered 122PS and 360 Nm). The Defender Works V8 will accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.6sec, while top speed is increased to 106mph.


Aluminium Federation welcomes new chief executive

The Aluminium Federation, the trade body for the UK aluminium industry, has announced the appointment of a new chief executive.

Tom Jones joins the organisation from MMC Hardmetal UK, part of the Mitsubishi Materials group, where he was general manager. Tom has more than 35 years experience of working in manufacturing.

The Aluminium Federation has grown its membership in recent years, to around a hundred companies. Members include Arconic, Bridgnorth Aluminium, Novelis, Hydro and Liberty British Aluminium. The Aluminium Federation manages the All Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Aluminium Industry, and is a founder member of UK Metals Council.

Aluminium Federation President Giles Ashmead said: “We are delighted that Tom has joined the Federation to lead our team in driving forward our activities and increasingly giving value to our members. Tom brings with him many years experience in the metals industry, in aluminium and other materials, and having someone of his calibre at the helm will enable us to continue to grow and flourish during this exciting time for aluminium.”

Senior specified for new Leeds private rental scheme

Aluminium windows and doors from leading fenestration manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems have been chosen for the new X1 Aire private rented scheme in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Located in the heart of Leeds city centre, the glazing package for the new residential scheme has been delivered by Aire Valley Architectural Aluminium Ltd for main contractor Bardsley Construction.  Senior’s thermally broken SPW600e aluminium fixed light windows were specified to offer extra security and improved thermal efficiency, with Senior’s robust SPW501 aluminium doors, which have been designed to meet the requirements of PAS 24 and the Secured By Design standard, installed to the ground floor communal entrance.

The acoustic performance of Senior’s SPW600e aluminium windows has been enhanced through the use of special acoustic double glazing which helps to reduce the traffic noise from the nearby main road. Maximising the flow of natural light, Senior’s aluminium windows also provide residents with attractive views of the River Aire and complement the brickwork façade of the building.

Comprising some 147 high quality apartments and five penthouses, the new X1 Aire scheme is the latest addition to the portfolio of UK based developer X1 and has been designed by DK Architects.

For more information about Senior, visit

Aluminium certification programme launched

The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) , of which ALFED is a member, has launched a certification programme for the aluminium value chain, focused on responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of this important industrial metal.

The new certification programme will cover all stages of the value chain for aluminium, including bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting, semi-fabrication, product design and manufacturing, and recycling.

ASI members can now seek certification against ASI’s Standards. The ASI’s Performance Standard covers critical issues for the entire aluminium value chain including greenhouse gas emissions, waste management, material stewardship, biodiversity and human rights.  ASI’s Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard links responsible production with responsible sourcing and thus increases the emphasis on sustainability issues in procurement. Implementation of both standards should see the first ASI aluminium available from 2018 or 2019.