Numbers on furlough fall to lowest level since start of pandemic

Almost three million people have moved off the furlough scheme since March as the economy began to bounce back and businesses reopened, according to new statistics.

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A special edition of the Bulgari Aluminium is here to light up the night

Steve Aoki is tireless. Indefatigable. Un-slow-downable. One of the most famous DJs in the world – even if you think you don’t know him, you’ve heard him – he was racking up over 200 shows a year pre-Covid. Along with packing dancefloors, he runs a charitable foundation, designs apparel, appears as a videogame character, and dishes up a proprietary herb-infused pizza.

And now he’s got a watch with Bulgari.

Aluminium Watch is a balance of Bulgari’s technical know-how and Aoki’s excellent party skills. The signature feature is a Superluminova dial that lights up, perfect for waving around at your next festival in lieu of a glow stick (or finding your keys in the dark, if that’s more your style).

The Bulgari Aluminium Steve Aoki Special Edition: 40mm aluminium case with titanium caseback and rubber bezel. White dial with Super-LumiNova. Water resistance to 100 meters. Automatic B77 movement with date and 42-hour power reserve (ETA 2892 base). Rubber bracelet with aluminium links.

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Guidance: Help and support for UK transition

Watch videos, sign up for email alerts and register for free webinars to learn more about UK transition.

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The first webinar will be on Completing customs import declarations, register here: Import declarations

Businesses can also sign up for email alerts about live and recorded HMRC webinars, YouTube videos and online guidance here


Kerbside recycling pilot for aluminium coffee capsules launched in Sydney

Australian recyclers will partner with two councils to facilitate a trial to recycle aluminium coffee capsules, which will help inform the development of a national coffee capsule recycling scheme, led by Planet Ark.

A specially designed, bring orange bag will be sent to the 5,000 participating households in the trial areas to collect used aluminium capsules. The participants can then place the orange bags in their kerbside recycling bins for collection.

This Australian-first pilot will provide vital insights, with the potential to roll out the scheme across the country.

The capsules will be separated from other recycling at iQ Renew’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and transferred to the existing Nespresso recycling system in NSW for separating into coffee grounds and aluminium. From here, the aluminium will go to aluminium producers, saving 95 per cent of the energy required to source aluminium from scratch, with coffee grounds going to local commercial compost.

Funding for the trial will be provided by Nespresso. Having developed similar recycling schemes overseas, Nespresso has found that convenience is king when it comes to the success of recycling.

“We need to make it as easy as possible for people to get their used capsules recycled and we know kerbside recycling is the easiest path,” Nespresso general manager Jean-Marc Dragoli said.

“We hope that this increases the amount of capsules we can collect and process for a better future.”

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EMR sets the standard as a quarter of its UK sites receive prestigious ISO certification

The certification recognises EMR’s commitment to industry best practice in three key areas of its compliance management systems including: quality (ISO 9001), environmental management (ISO 14001) and occupational health and safety (ISO 45001).

The move provides further assurance to EMR’s customers and partners that these sites lead the way in providing quality products and services in a safe and environmentally-conscious way.

The rigorous process includes awareness training for staff, internal audits to identify areas for improvement and is achieved via an external audit by a UKAS accredited third party auditor.

Internal training to support this process is provided by EMR’s training division, Mayer Environmental Group.

Currently, 20 EMR sites including our flagship operations at Liverpool Alexandra Docks and Darlaston have been certified as meeting the requirements of the three standards. As part of EMR’s long-term commitment for all of its UK sites to be certified by 2023, another 20 metal processing yards are set to achieve this certification by the end of the year.

Nancy Gray, Environmental & Regulatory Manager at EMR said:

“It’s great news that more than a quarter of EMR sites have now achieved ISO certification. This means we’ve hit an important landmark on a journey we started just a couple of years ago to have all our UK sites certified.

“EMR colleagues at every level are engaging in this process with site managers being supported by our Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) team, implementing plans to achieve certification and maintain these high standards. But it’s also thanks to every member of the team on the ground that EMR’s industry-leading operations have achieved the ISO certification across so many of our sites.”

Improved Efficiency for Aluminium Coil Processing

Aluminium coils are made from rolled sheets of aluminium, with a hollow cylinder inside upon which the material is wound to create the interior diameter. They are used in a range of industry sectors, meaning that they often need to undergo surface treatment so that they are suitable for different applications. This coil coating process can include cleaning, etching, colouring and sealing before the coil is rewound. However, the ends of the coils often need to be joined together, with adhesive taping being the usual method. Adhesive taping is not only time-consuming, creates material waste and creates and element of risk. TWI investigated using refill friction stir spot welding (Refill FSSW) for this purpose, and you can find out more here: Improved efficiency for aluminium coil processing

Billionaires are flying to space – why are we still struggling to open food jars?

Company claims first major lid innovation in over 75 years. A firm has unveiled what it calls the world’s first aluminium lug lid designed to assist the rising numbers who wrestle with hard-to-open lids.

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Transport decarbonisation plan

Plan to decarbonise the entire transport system in the UK.

    • our pathway to net zero transport in the UK
    • the wider benefits net zero transport can deliver
    • the principles that underpin our approach to delivering net zero transport

This plan sets out the government’s commitments and the actions needed to decarbonise the entire transport system in the UK.

It includes:

The plan follows on from Decarbonising transport: setting the challenge, published in March 2020, which laid out the scale of additional reductions needed to deliver transport’s contribution to legally binding carbon budgets and delivering net zero by 2050.

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