European Commission announces preliminary duties on Chinese extrusions

Tuesday 22 September, the European Commission announced its intention to impose provisional anti-dumping duties on aluminium extrusions originating in China. Please see the Commission’s summary of the proposed duties here.

The proposed preliminary duties range from 30,4 – 38,2 % for some companies; 34,9% for companies that cooperated in the investigation and 48% for all other Chinese producers (i.e. the companies that did not cooperate with the Commission’s investigation). The standard applicable import duty of 7, 5 % will come ON TOP of the proposed anti-dumping duty.

The products covered by the duties are aluminium bars, rods, profiles (whether or not hollow), tubes, pipes; unassembled; whether or not prepared for use in structures (e.g., cut-to-length, drilled, bent, chamfered, threaded); made from aluminium, whether or not alloyed, containing not more than 99.3 % of aluminium.

They are currently developing an extensive list of cooperating and non-cooperating companies, but it is important to note that the biggest Chinese extruder Zhongwang (Liaoning Zhongwang Group Co., Ltd. and Yingkou Zhongwang Aluminium Business Co., Ltd) is subject to the 48% duty as it did not cooperate.

Avoiding Porosity When Welding Aluminium

Porosity in aluminium welds is caused by gas that becomes trapped in the weld pool when the metal freezes before all of the gas in the weld pool has a chance to escape.

The amount of porosity depends on how fast the weld pool solidifies. Increasing the welding current and/or decreasing the travel speed will increase the heat input, and help retard the cooling rate, allowing gases to escape from the weld pool and thereby reducing the risk of porosity.

Find out more here: Avoiding Porosity When Welding Aluminium



SCIP Deadline Unlikely to Move

Companies in scope of the European Union (EU) Waste Framework Directive (WFD) are unlikely to get any additional time to prepare for their submissions to the Substances of Concern as such, or in complex articles (Products) (SCIP) database, says the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Although the ECHA has received feedback regarding the difficulty of meeting the EU WFD’s more data-heavy requirements, it asserted that companies have had adequate time to meet these requirements.

“REACH Article 33 is an equivalent duty that has been in place for over ten years,” ECHA advised.

The European Commission concurred.

“The Commission continues to encourage companies to do what is possible to fulfill their legal obligations…they still have a number of months to prepare for the SCIP database notification obligation.”

While true that some companies in scope of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation already have some systems in place for meeting Article 33 communication requirements, they also need to collect, generate, and map new article data to complete their SCIP submissions.

They can then submit the data to the SCIP database either online, offline, or through a system-to-system transmission. Even if they already have REACH data, companies need expertise, process, and control systems to acquire and manage the additional EU WFD data, and create secure article dossiers that won’t reveal proprietary information. Doing this properly can create a business advantage when evaluators access the SCIP databas

What This Means for Your Company

The pressure on companies to report on substances of very high concern (SVHCs) continues to build. Just five days before the January 5, 2021, SCIP database deadline, the EU Market Surveillance Regulation will come into effect. Using the Union Product Compliance Network database, market surveillance agencies will be able to access centralized enforcement data from all member states. They will also gain access to the SCIP database, allowing them to zero in on non-compliant articles placed on the EU single market.

Source: Assent Regulatory Review

We are very pleased to welcome Multipanel UK into membership of the Aluminium Federation

We are very pleased to welcome Multipanel UK into membership of the Aluminium Federation. Established in 2004, Multipanel UK brought ACP manufacturing home to Britain in 2014. Their factory on the South Coast of England uses the most advanced manufacturing and logistics technology in the industry. With an initial capacity to produce 6,500,000 m2 per year of the highest quality rigid sheet materials, continued investment including a second production line has increased their annual capacity to 10,000,000m2.

Using the power of our UK production line, they pride themselves on the precision, rigidity and flatness of every panel they stock. Using the finest raw materials carefully sourced from Europe, they match (and often exceed) the quality on offer from any manufacturer. Their British engineering approach allows them to consistently achieve the best price vs quality ratio in the market.

Food for thought….

Here’s some food for thought… Global consumption of mineral resources in the last 60 years exceeds the total consumption of all previous human history. The population of the earth by 2050 will be 9.5 billion, people to support this population we will need nine planets of natural resources.

The ever-increasing innovative applications of aluminium in automotive, architecture and now packaging are driving demand for this unique metal. Extrapolated demand by year 2030 will be 160 million tons. Bauxite reserves are estimated at 40 to 75 billion tons, which at 160 million tons primary aluminium production will last between 62 and 117 years.

Sustained continued use of aluminium is fundamentally dependent on recycling. Today the UK recycles 800,000 tons of aluminium annually which will increase to 1,600,000 tons by 2030. Secondary aluminium production through recycling from 100% scrap resource provides the lowest embedded carbon materials solution matching by metal volume if not bettering steel.

COVID-19 in the Workplace: What to do as an Employer

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We are very pleased to welcome Metal Coating Services into membership of the Aluminium Federation

We are very pleased to welcome Metal Coating Services into membership of the Aluminium Federation. Metal Coating Services is East Yorkshire’s longest established powder coating supplier and are adept at providing a quality product with an efficient service at a competitive price. They are an approved, architectural applicator and can offer 25/30 year warranties on architectural aluminium projects. They also offer plastic and nylon coating.

They have a proud record of building long, mutually beneficial relationships with their clients and working with them to meet their needs. Always looking to continuously develop and improve, they have recently completed a significant expansion on site, with additional plant and equipment included.

Aluminium – the infinitely recyclable metal


One of aluminium’s advantages over competitor materials is its capacity for repeated recycling with high recovery rates, without loss of quality. Aluminium recycling offers clear energy and environmental benefits; it requires only around five percent of the energy use and emissions associated with primary production. However, the recycling industry faces technical challenges both in making further efficiency improvements to melting and purification systems and in ensuring a steady and reliable scrap stream.

Most new aluminium scrap, also known as pre-consumer scrap, arrives at the recycling industry directly from product manufacturing. The quality and the nature of the alloy is known; in addition, it is often uncoated. This means it can then be melted with little preparation, apart perhaps from baling. Such scrap is usually collected by the re-melters in order to produce new wrought aluminium alloys.

Old aluminium scrap, also called post-consumer scrap, comes into the recycling industry via a very diversified and efficient network of metal merchants and waste management companies equipped with the technology to recover aluminium from vehicles, buildings, household goods, etc. This is often performed with heavy equipment such as shredders in parallel with magnetic separators to remove iron, sink-and-float installations or with eddy current installations to separate aluminium from other materials.

Following collection, sorting and preparation, a portion of this ‘old’ scrap is usually purchased by the refiners and is melted mainly into casting alloys, also known as foundry alloys. Refiners recycle not only scrap from end-of-life aluminium products but also scrap from foundries; turnings, skimmings (dross), etc. A fraction of sorted and prepared scrap is purchased by the aluminium fabrication industry to feed alloy re-melting and casting facilities, ensuring a valuable closed-loop recycling and fabrication process of wrought semi–finished products.

Recyclers use a combination of rotary and reverberatory furnaces that represent about 90% of their furnace technology, while induction technology use is marginal.

The solidification process is closely related to melting and recycling and is also crucial in the aluminium value chain, playing a significant role in the productivity, quality and efficiency of production.


Allumette Group has invested in cleaner vehicles to support its efforts in minimising emissions and reducing its carbon footprint.  All company cars have been replaced with electric or hybrid models and the delivery fleet has been upgraded to low emission large goods vehicles (LGV).  The expenditure represents one million pounds worth of investment.

The group has installed EV charge points at its premises on Yardley Brook Industrial Park in Birmingham, ensuring that both employees and visitors have access to the essential infrastructure required to run and maintain an electric vehicle.

The LGV fleet has been delivered in the new group livery.  Allumette Group is the parent company of powder coater, Vertik-Al and louvre specialist, IKON Aluminium Systems.

Group managing director for Allumette Group, Angus Mackie, says: “We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our businesses.  This means exploring every opportunity for a greener and cleaner alternative.

“We are extremely pleased at how receptive our employees have been to the adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles.  This is an investment which makes sense on many levels – environmental, financial and for the long-term well-being of our staff.

“The vehicle upgrades follow an extensive overhaul of our lighting system, last year.  By installing 900 new lights we reduced our energy consumption by over 50% on traditional lighting and cut carbon emissions by almost 420kg.  Similarly, the new fleet will have a positive impact on our footprint.”

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We are very pleased to welcome ARZYZ Metals into membership of the Aluminium Federation

We are very pleased to welcome ARZYZ Metals into membership of the Aluminium Federation.

Established in 1980, ARZYZ Metals is a Mexican company specialized in the manufacturing of aluminium alloys and the commercialization of non-ferrous metals in presentations such as continuous casting ingots, molten metal, slab, billet, T-bars, aluminium powder, flat-rolled products, deoxidizers as cones and granulates.

ARZYZ Metals has the objective of increasing its scrap metal recycling rate due the commitment it has of enhancing the circular economy in the aluminium industry. The company recovers scrap and by-products originated by its clients from sectors such as automotive, construction, steel, etc.

Towards its path of becoming a secondary smelter leader, the company is currently expanding its operations in Mexico and overseas, and it is open to establish strategical alliances into new markets.