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Members and Parliamentarians visit London Metal Exchange

Visitors from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Aluminium Industry, together with ALFED members, visited the London Metal Exchange recently at it's new location in Finsbury Square, London. Following a presentation about the London Metal Exchange, on which most global aluminium futures contracts are traded, the visitors watched the end of the day's trading in the open outcry ring - the

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Steady growth for aluminium despite global challenges

From primary to recycling, the total demand for aluminium is increasing by an average of 2% each year, according to figures released by trade body European Aluminium. Dr Gerd Götz, Director General of European Aluminium said, “Our forecasts for 2016 and 2017 show steady growth in both production and demand across the aluminium value chain in Europe. Clearly aluminium is the

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Lochaber smelter sale agreed by Rio Tinto

The UK's last primary aluminium smelter, at Fort William in Scotland, is set to change owners. Rio Tinto has reached agreement to sell its assets at Lochaber to SIMEC for consideration totalling $410 million (£330 million). The sale of Rio Tinto’s 100 per cent shareholding in Alcan Aluminium UK Limited includes the operating smelter, the hydroelectric facilities at Kinlochleven and

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Aluminium body and floorpan for Jaguar's first EV

JLR has revealed details of its forthcoming 'I-Pace' electric vehicle. As with all recent JLR models, the I-Pace, due in 2018, features an aluminium-intensive body, including a new floor pan  - the 'electric skateboard' on which the battery pack and motors are mounted, keeping the vehicle's centre of gravity as low as possible.  

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Aluminium APPG elects new Chair

  The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the UK Aluminium Industry has elected a new Chair. Adrian Bailey MP, who represents the West Bromwich West constituency, was elected at a meeting of the Group on 19 October. The vacancy as Chair arose because David Mowat MP, the previous Chair of the Group, has been appointed the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Community Health and

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£15m Innovate UK Funding for SMEs

UK businesses are invited to apply for a share of £15 million to work on projects that tackle challenges in manufacturing and materials. Innovate UK has up to £15 million to invest in business projects that seek solutions to technical and commercial challenges in the field of manufacturing and materials. The UK is the 9th largest producer in the world with an output of $247 billion,

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Defender replacement will be aluminium

 JLR boss Ralf Speth has confirmed that a new Defender model is in development, which will use Land Rover's latest aluminium architecture

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Noble stars at ALFED Dinner

Bloodhound SSC project manager Richard Noble held the 190-strong audience captivated for nearly an hour as he addressed ALFED's 2016 Dinner at Tortworth Court.         Members had earlier  attended a briefing, with updates from the Chairs of ALFED's Extruding, Recycling, Finishing, Innovation and Automotive groups.  Diana Caldwell of Aluoro

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