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.

ASI Newsletter – August 2018 Posted: 28th August 2018

In the August edition of the ASI Newsletter:

  • ASI Outreach in China
  • Indigenous peoples and bauxite mining
  • Collaboration Agreement with the Responsible Business Alliance
  • 3 new ASI Members: SIG Combibloc, Kunshan Aluminium Co. Ltd., Quality Foil
  • 6 upcoming free 1-day ASI Training events for auditors and members/interested stakeholders (Berlin, Chicago area, Melbourne, Dubai)

Read the August Newsletter

ASI Newsletter – July 2018

In the July edition of the ASI Newsletter:

  • The ASI Certification journey: Infographic
  • ASI Aluminium is coming to market
  • 3 new ASI Members: Daimler AG, Impol d.o.o., Yantai Donghai Aluminium Foil Co., Ltd.
  • 6 upcoming free 1-day ASI Training events for auditors and members/interested stakeholders (Berlin, Chicago area, Melbourne, Dubai)
  • 2 events where ASI will be present and active
  • 1 webinar in co-operation with IBAT Alliance on the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool

Read the July Newsletter


Senior’s Fenestration adds Spirit to Glasgow’s new Whisky Distillery

Whisky production has returned to the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow for the first time in 100 years with the completion of the stunning new Clydeside Distillery, which features high performance aluminium curtain walling and commercial doors from Senior Architectural Systems.

Designed by Hypostyle Architects to combine historical character with contemporary architecture, the new distillery is located within a converted pump house and clock tower, which have been sympathetically refurbished to create a visitor centre and café.

As an impressive focal point, the distillery’s two tonne twin copper stills have been showcased within an extensively glazed modern extension that has been created through the use of Senior’s slim profile structurally glazed SF52 aluminium curtain wall system. Senior’s thermally broken SPW 501 aluminium commercial doors, which are ideally suited to high traffic areas, were also specified and installed by GG Glass & Glazing Glasgow for main contractor McLaughlin & Harvey.

Senior’s SF52 aluminium system features attractive slim sightlines and enhanced thermal performance to help boost energy-efficiency. Available as a mullion drained system which removes the need for visible drainage slots, Senior’s SF52 curtain wall can be specified as capped, silicone sealed or as a combination of the two for even greater design flexibility. Thanks to Senior’s in-house powder coating facility, the SF52 system is also available in an almost unlimited range of colours and finishes.

For more information about Senior, visit or search for Senior Architectural Systems on Twitter,LinkedIn and Facebook.


House of Lords Lunch

All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Aluminium Industry
Annual Lunch in the House of Lords

Thursday 12 July 2018

ALFED’s annual Parliamentary Lunch is to be held on Thursday, 12 July in the Cholmondeley Room Terrace at the House of Lords. The event will be hosted by Lord Paul of Marylebone, who is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Aluminium Industry.

The purpose of this very important event in ALFED’s calendar is to raise and discuss issues relating to the UK’s aluminium sector at the highest level within UK Government. There will be three speakers at the Lunch:

ALFED President Giles Ashmead managing director of Powdertech (Corby) Limited, will give an industry overview;

Mr Richard Harrington MP (Watford), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will speak about the current situation with Tariffs and information required from companies for the Brexit negotiations; and

Mr Rob Bennett, Bloodhound SSC Events will speak about Education and Bloodhound’s involvement with schools, STEM groups and the involvement with ALFED and the Alu D&T Challenge Competition.

There is an opportunity after the presentations for a Question and Answer session.

This is open to all ALFED Members, one place per company, as part of their ALFED Membership.

If you need further information or to book a place, please contact Ann Gough on 0121 601 6365, email

Bespoke powder coating recreates characteristic tones of Jura Limestone

Powdertech Corby has just completed coating over 4500sq m of aluminium cladding panels for Westfield White City Shopping Centre’s £600 million refurbishment and extension. An extensive coating job in itself, the project was one of particular satisfaction for the company.  “We created a bespoke powder coating in our Landscape™ range for this flagship project,” said Powdertech Corby Director Richard Besant, “and we, and the customer alike, are delighted with the result.”

Westfield White City Shopping Centre

The design intention for the Westfield extension, now a premier shopping and social venue, was for Jura Limestone to surround a significant part of the exterior of the building and small sections of the interior. Rather than use the stone itself, Powdertech expertise, combined with the flexibility and design freedom of aluminium and powder coating, enabled the vision to be quickly realised.

A sample of Jura limestone was sent to Powdertech where tests of different powders and effects were compared against the limestone which has natural veins of quartz and fossils appearing against a beige background. Test samples were sent back to the client and within four weeks ‘Ballycastle Stone’ was ready to be applied to the panels. It was essential to achieve colour consistency between batches and powder coatings excel in this aspect. The overall effect on the finished building is an homogenous appearance of stone, across the whole, but with variations in flecks of colour against the background, just as in the stone itself. The powder coating will provide excellent corrosion protection and has an external life expectancy of up to 40-years.

“We were delighted to demonstrate our expertise for colour and texture matching and the final result vindicates our passion for this aspect of our work,” concluded Richard Besant.


Basingstoke metals firm relaunches


Basingstoke metals firm relaunches as market interest in its products surges

New name, new management team and new potential for light, stiff and strong ‘AMC’ material, produced at Prisma Business Park

Basingstoke – Having recently won a series of new contracts in the aerospace, defence and automotive industries for its unique AMC (aluminium matrix composite) technology, a new Basingstoke company, Alvant, launches today (June 12th2018).

Alvant, formerly Composite Metal Technology (CMT), has experienced a steep rise in demand for its products in the past year, both nationally and internationally. The company has been selected to help develop the latest generation aircraft landing gear by a major technology company and is working on projects with Rolls Royce, Ford and GE Aviation, among others. More contracts are expected to be announced shortly.

“Commercial readiness of Alvant’s products comes at a time of increasing demand for strong, yet lightweight, components in transport and defence, industrial processes and high-end consumer products. AMCs provide the strength and stiffness of steel at less than half the weight. They are also offer good damage tolerance and a higher thermal operating range,” explains John Bonas, managing director of Alvant. “Here in Basingstoke, we are able to help design engineers from a range of industries find ways to increase their products’ capabilities and performance while meeting ambitious goals for fuel efficiency and sustainability.”

Alvant has a staff of 14 people including a management team that was revitalised in 2017 through a combination of internal promotions and external appointments. The company operates from industrial premises on the Prisma Business Park in Basingstoke, Hampshire, where it has three factory units, with a total floor area of 7,5000 sq ft, adjacent to its 1,800 sq ft offices. Alvant’s first factory unit accommodates casting machines and foundry equipment, the second factory unit contains secondary processing machinery, and the third unit houses materials analysis and testing laboratories. The company manufactures AMCs using a proprietary Advanced Liquid Pressure Forming (ALPF) process.

June 11th 2018

About Alvant

Alvant Ltd was established as Composite Metal Technology Ltd (CMT) in 2003 and renamed in 2018. It is an advanced materials technology company, specialising in the design and manufacture of aluminium-based Metal Matrix Composites (AMCs), manufactured using an Advanced Liquid Pressure Forming (ALPF) process. The key benefits of using AMCs over unreinforced metals are improved strength, higher stiffness, reduced weight, improved wear resistance and a lower coefficient of thermal and electrical conductivity.

For more information please visit and follow us on LinkedIn.

MOU between ALFED and TWI to enhance collaborative opportunities

Memorandum of Understanding between Aluminium Federation and TWI to enhance collaborative opportunities

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

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

While ALFED and TWI have many Members in common, this agreement will see an exchange of information through workshops, events and collaborative training opportunities.

The agreement will also see ALFED and TWI seeking common drivers among their respective Members, assessing mutual areas of interest in key sectors, investigating public funding initiatives, and sharing web activity through news and forums.

The mutually beneficial agreement will allow ALFED to benefit from TWI’s expertise and Membership base, while ALFED’s experience in aluminium opens a door for many of TWI’s Members in areas such as automotive and aerospace who are increasingly looking at aluminium as a manufacturing solution.

Although the exact framework for working together is still to be set, the agreement is already having an impact, with ALFED reaching out to their membership to seek partners for an automotive project that TWI is spearheading.

The Memorandum of Understanding is just the first step in what should prove to be a beneficial relationship between ALFED and TWI for the benefit of business across the UK, Europe, and beyond.

Please contact us to find out more.

Senior provides the perfect delivery

Enjoying a prime location overlooking Lancashire’s cricket pitch at Old Trafford, the stunning views enjoyed by the residents of the new Hilton Garden Inn hotel have been framed by high-quality aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling supplied by Senior Architectural Systems.

Through early engagement and collaboration with main contractor Galliford Try, Senior’s specification team was able to advise on the most cost-effective solution to delivering a glazing package that met with both the desired aesthetic and performance requirements of architects ICA and the client.

To create the bright and welcoming entrance to the new hotel, Senior’s slimline SF52 aluminium curtain walling was used alongside the manufacturer’s SPW600 aluminium casement windows and robust SPW501 aluminium commercial doors. The rooms at the rear of the hotel, which directly overlook the cricket ground, feature Senior’s patented, thermally-enhanced PURe® SLIDE aluminium sliding doors which open onto individual balconies that can be also be used as private corporate boxes during events at the cricket ground.

Careful consideration was given to the acoustic performance of the glazing package, particularly on the front elevation of the hotel which is located close to a main road. To further enhance the comfort of the hotel’s guests, Senior’s innovative PURe® SLIDE doors offer exceptional low U-values and improved thermal efficiency.

LME London Update Forum

The LME’s annual London Update Forum will be held on Monday, 23 April, with registration from 15.30.

Further details and registration here.