ASI Media release – Hydro operations to be certified to the ASI Performance Standard

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certifies additional Hydro Aluminium Extruded Solutions operations against ASI Performance Standard

Hydro Aluminium Extruded Solutions operations for extrusion and profiles at the sites in Bellenberg (Germany) and fabrication of aluminium Lichtervelde (Belgium) have become the next of Hydro’s operations to be certified to the ASI Performance Standard. In total, Hydro now has certified 9 operations across four countries, including Hydro corporate office and a joint-venture – Alunorf – with Novelis.

Read the article here

2019 Health, Safety and Environment Ideas Competition

The Aluminium Federation invite all employees of ALFED Members to participate in this Health, Safety and Environment Competition.

The purpose of the competition is to reward any new initiatives and ideas that show a positive and innovative idea or solution concerning Health, Safety and the Environment.

Prize: The employee will receive £100 plus an invitation to the ALFED Annual Dinner where the prize and certificate will be presented. The dinner is to be held on 12 September 2019 at the Park Regis Hotel, Birmingham

Please submit your entry download the attached form ALFED HSE Competition 2019.

The entries will be judged by some members of the ALFED HS&E Support Group and Jan Lukaszewski, ALFED Technical Manager.

Closing Date: entries to be received no later than Friday 3 May 2019

Please email the form to Margaret Lane – or post to Margaret Lane, Aluminium Federation, National Metalforming Centre, 47 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich B70 6PY

Carbon Reduction Commitment, CRC

As announced in the 2016 March Budget, the CRC scheme will close following the 2018-19 compliance year. A statutory instrument to this effect was introduced in July. CRC participants are required to report for the last time by the end of July 2019 and surrender allowances for emissions from energy supplied in the 2018-19 compliance year by the end of October 2019.

Our energy partner, LG Energy have prepared a factsheet for SECR (Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR)).

This is compliance which is replacing CRC and starting as of 01st April 2019. SECR is for reporting on consumption, transport costs and GHG emissions which will needed to be included in the April 2019-March 2020 financial report for companies who are captured. If a company has their financial year different to this (eg. January –December). Then they will not need to start reporting until the start of their next financial year (eg. January 2020).

Some companies will already be adhering to this via ISO14001 or ISO50001 but the majority will need to employ a company to help assist with it.

MCCG: Paper on net-zero carbon for CCC discussion

Climate Change Committee Assessment of Reaching Zero Carbon by 2050

Manufacturers’ Climate Change Group (MCCG)
The MCCG represents key UK manufacturing sectors affected by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and other climate change instruments. Check out the article for more information here

See the link for UK government grant funding programmes for energy intensive industries


Solutions Newsletter – March Edition

Solutions Newsletter March 2019


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National Living Wage Goes Up (+7 Other Laws You Need to Know…)

In April, new employment laws will force you to change how you work.
You’ll face hikes in the National Living and National Minimum Wage, bigger pension contributions and a major overhaul to payslips.
However, those aren’t the only employment law changes you need to look out for. Find out everything you need to know about the National Living Wage increase and 7 other laws set to impact your business.

Payslip Cheat Sheet | Get Ready for April Changes

From the 6th April 2019, a new law will completely change how you issue payslips. Find out everything you need to update your payroll in time and avoid falling foul of the law.


ASI Newsletter – February 2019

In the February edition of the ASI Newsletter:

  • Bauxite residue
  • ASI AGM week- confirmed speakers
  • ASI Certifications update
  • New and updated ASI resources
  • New education’AL’ webinars
  • ASI Membership news – Slim Aluminium S.p.A, Aluminium Bahrain
  • Upcoming events
  • ASI In-Person Training

Read the February Newsletter

#Aluminium Day – a new social media campaign

#Aluminium Day, the new social media platform launching on 13th March with Senior Architectural Systems. Search for #aluminiumday across Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook & Instagram

Did you know that aluminium is the most abundant metal found naturally on Earth?  Or that it was once considered to be more valuable than silver or gold?  There’s more to aluminium than meets the eye and to celebrate the versatility and history of this magnificent metal, leading aluminium fenestration systems manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems is planning to make Wednesday 13th March all about aluminium.

The company is set to launch its first ever ‘Aluminium Day’ and will dedicate its social media platforms to helping raise awareness of the history of aluminium and its importance as a sustainable, modern day building material. Throughout the day, Senior will be inviting contributions from across its supply chain, as well as from other companies and individuals from outside the construction sector, to highlight the many industries and applications that the metal plays a vital role in.

The day will also provide an insight into Senior’s own manufacturing facilities and use of aluminium to create its extensive range of doors, windows and curtain walling, as well as showcasing some of the company’s most impressive project case studies.

Commenting, Senior’s marketing manager Jonny Greenstreet said: “We’ve been manufacturing aluminium fenestration systems for over thirty years so are no strangers to working with what is one of the world’s most amazing materials.  However as a company we are also really interested to see how aluminium is being used in other industries, from transport and machinery to packaging and the manufacture of various household items, and we decided that the best way to do this was to get a conversation going!

We’re looking forward to engaging with people from all across the aluminium industry to find out more about the innovative ways they use the material as well as sharing details about our own work and products.”

Check out the hashtag #aluminium day on 14th March to raise awareness on the history of aluminium and its importance to the world!

ASI Newsletter – January 2019

In the January edition of the ASI Newsletter:

  • Aluminium story webinar
  • New ASI Director of Impacts and Partnerships
  • ASI Certifications update
  • New ASI Membership news: Carcano, IPS Industrial Packaing Solution, Granges
  • Upcoming ASI events: ASI AGM week 2019, ASI in person training

Read the January Newsletter

Materials Processing Institute CEO to become Chair of leading UK industry body

Chris McDonald, CEO of the Materials Processing Institute, has been named Chair of the UK Metals Council (UKMC). He will formally take over the position in March 2019, after being voted in as Chair at the latest UKMC Board Meeting, in November.

The UK Metals Council works across Whitehall to inform and influence Ministers, Government, Departments and their agencies about the value and needs of the UK metals sector. The Council is made up of senior figures from the metals industry representing the full spectrum of the supply chain, from primary manufacturing to recycling.

It hopes that by 2030 a modern and progressive UK metals industry will be delivering high-quality, innovative and competitively priced products as principal supplier to the UK’s main manufacturers and infrastructure projects, as well as a leading global exporter.

The Institute supports organisations that work in advanced materials, low carbon energy and the circular economy, which includes the upscaling and commercialisation of innovation.

Chris McDonald said: “The UKMC is a respected industry body that has ambitious plans for the future of the sector, and I am delighted to have been elected by my peers to this position. There is plenty of work that can be done to give the metals sector a voice within government, which should be viewed as a priority to Westminster.

“Organisations involved in and that have an interest within the sector need as much support as possible. These are the businesses driving forward innovation and productivity gains, while also supporting skilled jobs that this country requires. I am excited by the challenges ahead and I hope to draw upon my experiences and industry knowledge to serve the UKMC and the wider sector well.”

Simon MacVicker, outgoing Chair, UK Metals Council, said: “Chris has led our innovation work during the formative years of Metals Council, during which time we have gained greatly from his understanding of innovation and how it can be applied in industry, the productivity challenge, and his special understanding of how small businesses work. I am very excited that Chris has agreed to be elected as the next Chair of Metals Council, we will be in excellent hands.

Pam Murrell CEO of the Cast Metals Federation and Chair of the Metals Forum, added: “Metals are fundamental to the other industry sectors and are integral to the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain at a time of significant change to many of these sectors. Metals also have an important part to play in the circular economy and the clean growth strategy, along with other materials. As Trade Associations working together through the UK Metals Forum, we are keen to continue to support the work of the Metals Council, and provide a conduit to the many SMEs that make up the sector. Chris’ knowledge of the sector combined with his understanding of the particular challenges facing smaller businesses will be a huge asset to us.”

To download a full copy of the official press release please go to MPI

ALFED are a member of the UK Metals Council

Partnership activites aim to strengthen links with industry

TWI and ALFED partnership activities aim to strengthen links with industry

In May 2018 TWI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Aluminium Federation (ALFED) to start investigating joint opportunities, collaborative projects and mutual areas of interest.

The aim of the strategic partnership is to see an exchange of information through workshops, events and collaborative training opportunities, and has now started to build a programme of activity and opportunities for its Members.


Joint events already shared include innovation and technology days for the benefit of ALFED and TWI Members. Further days are in the pipeline, one of which will focus on bonding aluminium. More details will be available shortly.

A highlight for 2019 will be a joint TWI ALFED technology workshop hosted by TWI at its headquarters near Cambridge, UK.

Members will be able to learn more about TWI’s surfacing and joining know-how for aluminium, a key material for the automotive and aerospace sector.

As well as presentations, networking opportunities and a tour of TWI’s facilities, attendees will be able to relax and enjoy a social dinner in Cambridge the evening before the event. The workshop is being planned for February 2019.

Full details, including online registration, will be published soon.

Additional activities

The partnership is currently exploring opportunities to enhance joint activities with some of TWI’s existing academic partners, and is in the process of establishing a LinkedIn group, which will act as a sounding board for Members’ ideas and interests in the area

About the partnership

The MoU was signed at a joint meeting of ALFED’s Automotive and Innovation Group on 1 May 2018 and was followed by a meeting on 30 May, where aims and deliverables were set.

The mutually beneficial agreement will allow ALFED to introduce TWI’s expertise to its own Membership base, while ALFED’s experience in the aluminium industry, and associated sectors, offers a valuable interface for many of TWI’s Members who are looking to aluminium as a manufacturing solution. There is considerable opportunity to explore both industry and government-led collaborative initiatives together.