Metal Asia December 2012 Issue
A Complete Metal Magazine
Secondary and Downstream Aluminium Markets in India
Bauxite reserves coupled with a huge pool of economic manpower gives the Indian
aluminum industry a competetive edge compared with other emerging markets.
Non-ferrous metals appear to lack enthusiasm
The year-end rally seems to have collapsed as sluggish markets for a variety of
non-ferrous metals have kept a cap on prices. Markets for some non-ferrous metals
appear to lack enthusiasm.
HZL deal will be positive for Sterlite Industries
The buzz of Government's residual stake sale in Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL) has
lifted the share price of Sterlite Industries. In fact, a jump in volumes and five
per cent gain have been observed in its share price.
Non-ferrous Metal Cos: More upside ahead
Most non-ferrous metal players, particularly Sterlite Industries and Hindalco, have
seen a run-up in their stock prices from mid-November. The stocks trade 19 per cent
and 11.3 per cent higher since the closing lows on 19th November.
NALCO resumes bauxite mining
Aluminium major National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) has received the Temporary
Work Permit (TWP) to resume mining operations at its Panchpatmali Bauxite Mines
in Koraput district, Odisha, and the mining activities are in full swing now.
Coal mines to get environment permission
Coal mines, which were under the eyes of environment ministry, will sonn get permission
to work upon their planning of increasing production.
More capacity to shutdown, says NALCO
NALCO is looking forward to shutdown more capacity compared to last year, being
more than eight per cent.
NMDC receives "Company of the Year" award
NMDC received the prestigious "Company of the Year" award for the year 2012, organised
by Indian Chamber of Commerce.
Acceptance certificate for FATA Hunter signed with ACCH Thailand for aluminium cold
On November 21, 2012 the final acceptance certificate for a 4Hi non-reversible aluminium
cold rolling mill was signed by FATA Hunter and ACCH Thailand.
UC RUSAL and Shandong Xinfa to study aluminium JV opportunities
UC RUSAL, the world's largest aluminium producer, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) with Shandong Xinfa Group, one of China's largest private aluminium companies,
detailing the study of future possible cooperation areas, including joint ventures
in the aluminium industry.
Alcoa opens Aluminium Wheel facility in China
Alcoa announced that its Alcoa Wheel and Transportation (AWTP) business is opening
a production facility in Suzhou, China, making an expansion that creates a full
wheel manufacturing, distribution, sales and service network in China.
Alcoa signs long-term power contract
Alcoa has signed a long-term contract with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)
for its Intalco Works aluminium smelter in Ferndale, Washington.
Copper Concentrate to pour in
Copper Concentrate is to pour in - thanks to International Copper Study Group (ICSG)
which is supporting this view that the world will witness surplus copper concentrates
in year 2013.
Contirod reduces carbon emissions
In the course of permanently improving the Contirod lines in terms of product quality,
availability and reduction of processing costs, the improvement of energy efficiency
is also in the focus
Strip Processing Lines
Even in an unfavourable market climate with continued price pressure in 2011, we
were still able to considerably increase our order intake. We attracted orders for
a total of eleven strip processing lines.
UC Rusal: Key Highlights 2012
Major aluminium producer UC RUSAL showcased series of key working fronts following
year 2012. The highlights are being discussed here profusely.
PRODUCT / MARKET
New technology from SMS Meer saves energy
Energy saving, reduction of emissions and cost reduction are key buying arguments
in all sectors of the steel and non-ferrous industry.
MorganMMS introduces Syncarb Z2 e2 Crucible
With a goal of generating longer crucible service life and increased energy savings,
Morgan Molten Metal Systems (MorganMMS) has introduced its Syncard Z2 e2, the latest
member of the Syncarb Z2 family.
Recent Developments in Aluminium Alloy Reinforced Titanium Diboride in-situ Composites
Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs) have been the subject of intense research for the
past two decades and are being exploited in a range of commercial applications,
particularly the aviation and automotive sector.
Weathering of Coal : A Challenge to cokemaking
During transportation and stockpiling, coal is in contact with air for periods of
time that may exceed 6 months. During this period, reaction with oxygen in presence
of water, sunlight and possibly elevated temperatures may take place.
Architectural Zinc - Constructing 'Building' Worldwide
Today, constructing buildings on a global scale inculcates the thought of being
sustainable, energy and electricity - specific and environment friendly by using
available natural resources.
Innovative Bearings for Printing Press and its Packaging
There are several processes involved in the act of papermaking and the equipments
used in the papermaking and printing processes utilise more than 500 tapered roller
A New Calcium Aluminate Cement for Indian Castable Refractories
The advent of new generation monolithic castable refractories in 1980s gave rise
to a sustained growth of monolithics, largely at the expense of shaped refractories.
ROLLING & CASTING
Improvements in surface quality of hot rolled products
Over the last forty years, the industry has seen huge advancements in the development
of technology used to reduce strip thickness, increase dimensional accuracy, maintain
and control quality thus allowing mills to produce more and remain competitive.
CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION
Quality Days 2012 by Quality Alliance Group
Quality Days 2012 were organised on 27th November 2012 in Mumbai (The Leela) and
on 29th November in Bhubaneshwar (The Trident) respectively. The events were graced
by senior professionals of the metal industry and elicited an encouraging response
from the participants.