Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible.

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Dissimilar Joining of Steel to Aluminium for Automotive Use

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Dissimilar Joining of Steel to Aluminium for Automotive Use Statistics show that the transportation sector is the largest global contributor of greenhouse gas emissions and new regulations impose strict limits for greenhouse gas emission on new cars. While new powertrains and alternative energy sources are being developed, vehicle lightweighting is considered to be the most appropriate short-term solution to reducing greenhouse gas emission. Aluminium is one of the materials that provides improvements in strength-to-weight ratios. This has led to questions around which methods for joining aluminium to steel in car body applications provide the required properties at cost. A detailed review and practical trials were performed to investigate dissimilar joining of steel to aluminium for automotive applications.

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Aluminium Industry COVID-19 Recovery Plan

The UK aluminium sector is of profound national significance, generating £10 billion annually and employing more than 20,000 people.

As a result, the Government must take essential steps to help the sector recover from the impact of coronavirus. The UK manufacturing PMI fell to 32.6 in May, down a dramatic 19.1 points from February. ALFED members have reported order book reductions at levels not even seen during the 2008 financial crisis – some as high as 80%. And since 23rd March 2020, 14% of ALFED members have been forced to close temporarily.

The Government must continue supporting aluminium companies in the short term – and throughout the forthcoming economic recovery. Here we outline 3 pillars for our recommended recovery measures, which will help the aluminium industry drive UK growth in the short and medium term.

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