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.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-09/mega-dj-steve-aoki-designed-a-bulgari-aluminium-watch-made-for-raves

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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.”

Read more: https://foodmag.com.au/kerbside-recycling-pilot-aluminium-coffee-capsules-launched-sydney/

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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Ball Corporation intends to build new aluminium beverage packaging plant in the UK

Ball Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of infinitely recyclable aluminium beverage packaging, is planning to significantly increase its manufacturing capacity, with new cutting-edge facilities in the UK.aluminium beverage cans

With an increasing consumer call for more sustainable purchasing options and a growing number of new brands and beverage categories choosing cans, demand for aluminium packaging is rapidly expanding around the world.

Ball has identified a site at the SEGRO Park Kettering Gateway, an established industrial development in Northamptonshire. The planned Kettering plant will represent Ball’s third beverage can manufacturing facility in the UK, adding capacity to its established plants in Milton Keynes and Wakefield. The plant will supply cans for domestic customers in a growing range of categories, which now includes hard seltzers, wines, ready to drink cocktails, together with pure and enhanced water brands.

Aluminium drinks cans are the world’s most widely recycled beverage packaging with an 82% recycling rate in the UK and 76% across Europe.

Carey Causey, President, Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA said: “With the demand for our infinitely recyclable aluminium packaging growing fast in an expanding number of categories, we are acting now to support our customers in the UK. The pandemic and changing consumption patterns mean that consumers are enjoying more of their favourite beverages at home and on-the-go and want to buy products in packages that they know will be recycled and can contribute to a truly circular economy.”

Source: https://www.ball.com/na/newsroom/detail?newsid=124079

Transparency in aluminium sustainability data advances as CRU signs MOU with Aluminium Stewardship Initiative

London, 19 July 2021. CRU Group (‘CRU’), the global mining, metals and fertiliser business intelligence company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on sustainability data integration with the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (‘ASI’), the leading certification organisation for aluminium and sustainability.

CRU’s mine to smelter knowledge of the aluminium industry and the ASI’s certification standards for performance and chain of custody are set to combine in an authoritative online reference for sustainability data throughout the aluminium value chain, increasing transparency among all stakeholders.

Lavan Mahadeva, Research Director at CRU Group said: “One tonne of metal looks much like another, but their impact on sustainability might be quite different. The ASI are at the forefront of efforts to embed sustainability criteria into procurement decisions.  We want our clients to benefit from a system that seamlessly integrates information CRU provides on asset-based emissions with metrics on ASI’s Performance and Chain of Custody Standards. The easier we make it for customers and investors to access and reconcile different types of sustainability information, the better will be their engagement with producers. “

Fiona Solomon, CEO at ASI added: “Availability of comparable information on sustainability issues is a critical foundation for responsible sourcing.  CRU’s Emissions Analysis Tool enhances GHG emissions transparency, while ASI Certification provides recognisable assurance for responsible production and sourcing of aluminium across a broad set of topics.   The integration of published information on ASI Certification status into the CRU Tool at an asset level provides a wider picture of an entity’s sustainability efforts.  We anticipate this additional layer of data in the tool will increase stakeholders’ understanding of sustainability efforts in the primary aluminium industry, allow comparability across the sector and along supply chains, and clearly map improvements over time.”



EMR Chard supports youth STEM education with partnership with Redstart Primary School

EMR has funded design & technology equipment to support the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education of 200 young people between 8 and 11 years old. This will provide materials such as cutting mats, safety rulers, saws and sandpaper to help the teaching staff deliver design and technology lessons.

Steven Ellis, Operation Manager at EMR Chard, awards donation to Redstart Primary School

Steven Ellis, Operation Manager at EMR Chard, awards donation to Redstart Primary Schoteaching staff deliver design and technology lessons.

The partnership between EMR Chard and Redstart Primary School was created as part of EMR’s Young Futures Reimagined programme, an initiative that helps young people across the country, whom are impacted by circumstances outside of their control, to build brighter futures.
Steven Ellis, Operations Manager at EMR Chard said: “Over the past 12 months the education of young people across the world has been detrimentally impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am happy that we can support young people in exploring their STEM education and I am sure that many will go on to be our scientists and engineers of the future. They may even pursue careers in the metal recycling industry!”

Beccy Bendall, Deputy Head Teacher at Redstart Primary School added: “Thanks to the generous donation from EMR, our teaching and learning will be further enhanced by this equipment. It will see our Design and Technology lessons come to life and enable our children to build on all of the skills they already have developed. Thank you EMR.”

ASI certifies REAL ALLOY plant and European Headquarters against ASI Performance Standard

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certifies REAL ALLOY plant and European Headquarters against ASI Performance Standard.

REAL ALLOY has achieved ASI Performance Standard certification for the recycling of aluminium scrap and production of recycled Aluminium alloys at its Deizisau, Germany plant, as well as at its European Headquarters in Grevenbroich, Germany. The plant produces alloys to specification by converting aluminium scrap into liquid metal which is delivered directly to customers´ foundries.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that REAL ALLOY has been successfully certified against the ASI Performance Standard for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium at its plant in Deizisau and European Headquarters in Grevenbroich, both in Germany. The plant delivers specified recycled aluminium alloys directly as molten metal to a range of customers, primarily from the automotive industry sector.

The ASI Certification program was developed through an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation process and is the only comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative for the aluminium value chain. The ASI Performance Standard defines environmental, social and governance principles and criteria, with the aim to address sustainability issues in the aluminium value chain. It sets out 59 criteria under the three sustainability pillars of Governance, Environment and Social, which address key issues such as biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples rights, and greenhouse gas emissions.

The independent, third-party audit of the REAL ALLOY plant and European Headquarters was carried out by TÜV Rheinland Cert GmbH.

Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said, “We warmly congratulate REAL ALLOY on their ASI Performance Standard certification. The REAL ALLOY plant’s furnaces enable it to recycle a wide range of scrap and makes it a valuable link in the circular economy bringing aluminium back into productive use. Achieving ASI Certification gives their customers the assurance that the plant’s production processes meet industry-leading sustainability criteria.”

Russell Barr, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Europe said, “We are proud to have achieved this first certification according to the ASI Performance Standard, especially since it includes not only our Deizisau site but also the central functions, policies and processes administered by our European HQ. Since we joined ASI it has become more and more important for us to understand and properly manage our sustainability footprint. Preparing for and going through the audit was both challenging and inspiring. And we see it as another successful step on our to-be-continued sustainability journey.”

Sales of aluminium foil packaging are poised to reach US$ 40 Bn by 2030

Aluminium foil is finding large application in packaging in the food industry. Aluminium foil is widely used as a compact storage for electric charges. Nowadays, aluminium foil is being merged with flexible films to create lightweight packages. This allows packages to expand during packaging and contract as soon as the product is consumed. Manufacturers are focusing on producing a top quality of aluminium foil packages. However, a small change in the process can impact the product quality. Hence, machines and techniques used in aluminium foil packages are well tested, researched and developed.

Aluminium foil is gaining popularity as the flexible packaging option. Moreover, four-sided, fin-sealed pouches are becoming popular for medical, retail food applications, and institutional food service packs. Aluminium-based containers that can be used in the microwave are also being developed on a large scale. Special cooking aluminium foil for barbecuing have been developed in recent years.

Based on the product type, rigid non-compartmental trays are expected to witness the highest growth. The rigid non-compartmental trays are estimated to bring in more than US$ 7,200 million revenues by 2026 end.

Based on the end use, aluminium foil packaging is likely to be used on a large scale for food service packaging. Towards the end of 2026, food service packaging is projected to reach close to US$ 7,600 million revenue. Aluminium foil helps in keeping the food fresh and hot for a long time.

Source: https://www.globalbankingandfinance.com/sales-of-aluminium-foil-packaging-are-poised-to-reach-us-40-bn-by-2030/