UK industry steps up to supply aluminium for medical products

Alu helping in virus fight

9th April, 2020

Metalex Products is currently working overtime at its sites in Poole, Horsham, Birmingham, Chepstow and Milton Keynes to process orders for aluminium plate and bar billets being used in the rapid production of medical equipment.

How COVID-19 is changing the aluminium industry

Effects of COVID-19

9th April, 2020

With the COVID-19 outbreak having swept across the world, industries of all kinds are beginning to be affected. The aluminium industry is no different, and with some of the outbreak’s impact having become clearer in the past couple of weeks, we’re taking a look into some of the specific effects.

ALVANCE aluminium used in the fight against COVID-19

UK alu in oxygen bottles

8th April, 2020

The UK’s only smelter has been praised in a motion submitted to the Scottish Parliament by Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron. Based in Fort William, the Lochaber smelter is playing an essential role in providing aluminium to produce oxygen bottles for patients battling COVID-19.

Latest issue: March/April 2020

March/April 2020

Going viral

The term ‘viral’ has taken a very different turn over the last couple of months and according to reports, the Coronavirus outbreak could not have come at a worse time for the aluminium market.

Reuters recently reported that global demand fell last year for the first time since the global financial crisis and quarantine measures in place for workers in China have resulted in a short-term ‘demand shock’ across the world market.

While some might welcome a drop in products from China, with the region accounting for 56% of global output last year, the potential for disruption is unfolding.

Changing the subject, but sticking with disruptions, the first Cyber Security in Aluminium Workshop was held in February in Coventry,…