Aluminium International Today Issue
May/June 2020

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May/June 2020

Life after 'Lockdown'

What a difference a few months many others at the moment, I am writing this column from the comfort of my home-made office. Luckily enough, the set up was already in place, but it had been taken over by our attempts at building a ‘home gym’. Two words that when put together make an oxymoron!

Occasionally swapping my office chair for an exercise ball makes the situation seem a bit more jovial, but there is no hiding from the unsettling feeling in the air.

While some parts of the world are slowly re-opening and areas of our industry have never stopped producing, albeit at a slightly reduced capacity, who knows when or if the effects of this global ‘Lockdown’ will be felt.

This issue takes a look at how aluminium manufacturers in the UK joined the fight against COVID-19 and produced aluminium for medical equipment and food packaging to keep the nation going. We also look at the changes required in plants as workers return.

There is also a dedicated feature, which looks at finding the value in aluminium ‘waste' and TOMRA launches a technology to sort magnesium from aluminium page 25.

And, as business and supply chains in China start the road to recovery, we’ve put together a dedicated supplement to understand how new technologies can play a part in reducing costs, increasing efficiencies and optimising their manufacturing during this challenging time page 61.

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May/June Highlights



UK aluminium industry helps in the fight against COVID-19
Worker safety in the wake of COVID-19
The dark forest of COVID-19: Survival of the fittest business

Ultromex profile: Finding the value in smelting waste
Creating value from aluminium dross
Up to the challenge

Combilift forklifts are the trucks of choice for Garnalex
Joining our strengths, today, more than ever
Automated handling: Location, location, location

Garnalex profile: Getting to know Garnalex
Engineering for success
Automatic surface inspection during aluminium extrusion

The impact of the Section 232 Tariff

New plans for cans
The return of Aluminium Matrix Composites

Entering the age of sustainable aluminium