Aluminium International Today Issue
Jul/Aug 2018

Jul/Aug 2018

Aluminium is coming home

I was delaying writing my comment this month just in case football actually did ‘come home’, but it wasn’t meant to be this time!

However, in a somewhat tedious link, it seems the aluminium industry is ramping up its recycling efforts and working towards an even tighter closed loop to ensure that aluminium ‘comes home’.

With more stories in the news recently highlighting the danger of plastics on our environment, especially the oceans, it is a credit to our industry to see that the can recycling rate is now at 74% across Europe.

The facts are clear:
- Recycling aluminium saves around 95% of the greenhouse gas emissions compared to the ‘primary’ production process.

- Recycling one tonne of aluminium saves nine tonnes of CO2 emissions.

We all know the ways we can help to do our bit and it is great to see companies across the aluminium manufacturing and processing sectors working to not only improve recycling rates, but provide greener, cleaner aluminium at the source.

This issue includes a special focus on mining and refining, with a look at improving global sustainability in bauxite mining, a feature on casthouse technology, value-added product market opportunities and also a selection of articles related to Industry 4.0...Enjoy!

Frcont cover courtesy of Granco Clark