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Metal Asia September 2012 Issue

A Complete Metal Magazine

SPECIAL FEATURE

Indian Metals Casting Industry : Opportunities & Challenges Ahead
The Metal Casting Industry follows the process of pouring molten metal ("hot metal" in industry parlance) into casts (or molds), which takes a definite enduring shape post cooling. The industrial process being generally exercised in this industry is Continuous Industrial Metal Casting process.

COMMENT

Aluminium: Getting better globally
Aluminium is in many aspects a mirror of the worldwide aluminium industry. It is one of the most versatile and essential materials for the global economy. The product's widespread properties, which comprise strength, recyclability and lightweight, make it the world's second most used metal after steel.

NATIONAL TRENDS

  • Global Compact Network India Conclave on "Essentiality of a Sustainable Business"
    Global Compact Network India (GCNI), Southern Zone Hyderabad Chapter organised a Regional Conclave on the theme "Essentiality of a Sustainable Business", at Hyderabad.
  • NALCO gets Odisha govt's approval for smelter unit
    Aluminium major National Aluminium Company (NALCO) has got the approval of Odisha's High Level Clearance Authority to establish 0.5 million tonne per annum (mtpa) aluminium smelter and 1,260 MW Captive Power Plant (CPP) at a cost of Rs. 16345.89 crore.
  • RHI India, Abul Khair Steel ink contract
    RHI India has inked an initial contract with M/s. Abul Khair Group, who incidentally is one of the largest business groups based in Bangladesh having interest in steel, cement, consumer goods and with a group turnover of USD 500 million.
  • Copper consumption slows down
    The downward trend in various key sectors such as construction, power and industrial machinery, has hit copper consumption. However, the trend is expected to remain same for this calendar year.
  • NALCO pays Final Dividend
    National Aluminum Company Limited (NALCO), the Navratna PSU under the Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India, has declared a total dividend amount of Rs. 257.72 crore for the financial year 2011-12, which includes the Govt. of India's share of Rs. 224.60 crore.
  • SAIL's BSP wins PM's trophy for 10th time
    Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), the flagship unit of Steel Authority of IndiaLtd. (SAIL) won the Prime Minister's Trophy for emerging as the best performing steel plant in the country at New Delhi.

INTERNATIONAL TRENDS

  • Aluminum hot and cold rolling mills from a single source
    SMS Siemag supplied the key equipment for the new aluminium hot and cold rolling plant of Xiamen Xiashun Aluminium Foil Co. Ltd. The company is domiciled in the province of Fujian in southeastern China.
  • Hydro Aluminium Slim renews service contract
    Hydro Aluminium Slim S.p.A., Italy, renewed the service contract with SMS Siemag on the electrics and automation equipment of its cold rolling mill by another two years.
  • Alcoa now sole owner of Evermore Recycling
    Leading producer of primary aluminium, fabricated aluminium, and alumina, Alcoa has taken full control of Evermore Recycling, the world leader in Used Beverage Can (UBC) recycling, and is now operating as a wholly-owned entity of Alcoa.
  • Novelis orders scrap melting furnace with low metal loss and reduced energy consumption
    For a new casting line, Novelis Italia S.p.A., Pieve, Italy, has placed an order with Hertwich Engineering, Austria, for the supply and installation of an Ecomelt scrap melting furnace of the Ecomelt PS-80 type with preheat shaft.

IN FOCUS

  • Future concepts for optimum resource efficiency of aluminium rolling mills
    Achenbach perfectly uses the synergetic effects of trendsetting engineering, in-house manufacture and service & support throughout the entire lifetime of the machinery including optimisation and modernisation.
  • Development of Mineral Based Industries in Odisha
    For the last four decades, it has been my pleasure to have been intimately connected with the development of industries in Odisha. As Odisha has got vast natural resources, the process of industrialisation mainly centres in developing vital industries on its mineral wealth.

COMPANY NEWS

Thermo fisher Scientific features NextGen Mining portfolio at MINExpo 2012

Thermo fisher Scientific Inc. the world leader in serving science, is exhibiting its Next-Gen Mining portfolio during MINExpo 2012.

Aluminium - universal material perfectly shaped on high-tech plants

By a slogan pointing out the superior lightweight construction, an automobile manufacturer promotes the aluminium hybrid design of its new model.

COMPANY REPORT

Hydro's Q2 2012: Weak markets and results, improvement ambitions stepped up

Aluminium manufacturer Hydro's underlying earnings before financial items and tax amounted to NOK 549 million in the second quarter, compared with NOK 557 million in the previous quarter.

PRODUCT / MARKET

Konecranes introduces smart maintenance techniques ...

Konecranes, the global leader in lifting industry, has developed RopeQ, a reliable and practical system that evaluates the working condition of wire ropes using advanced, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) methods.

TECHNOLOGY FOCUS

AMC - Advanced Mould Coatings

Excessive wear of the moulds is accelerated by an incorrectly adjusted strand guidance ayatem and castng parameters.

Aluminium Syntactic Foam through Stir Casting Technique using Cenosphere as Microballoons

Cenosphers, a thermal power plant waste product as been used as microballoons to substitute costly ceramic or metallic microballoons to make light-weight microporous aluminium-syntactic foam (ASF) through stir casting technique.

METAL INDUSTRY IN EAST

Odisha - The Immaculate Destination for Metals Industry

Within a short span of time, Odisha came up as a place to be in and Bhubaneswar, the capital city, suddenly turned out to a phenomenal place where every corporate honchos wanted to have their foothold - thanks to the land's abundant raw materials, natural resources, long coast line, plenty landscape, eco-friendly environment and well-connected transport accessability which acted as a feather in the cap.

METAL BUILDING

KIRBY: Spearheading the PEB Era

Kirby Building Systems, an affiliate of Kuwait based Alghanim Industries, is one of the largest PEB manufacturers in the world. With its vast experience of serving more than 50,000 customers across the globe since 1976, the company has 5 plants with annual capacity of 400,000 MT.

AUTOMATION

Large drives system solutions for challenging metals plants applications

The most optimised design between mechanicals, electricals and process-thanks to a full in-house integration of relevant expert teams.

REFRACTORY

REFRATECHNIK - The group for intelligent refractory solutions

The Refractechnik group of companies grew out of a tiny business setup in 1950 in Germany, up to the biggest private owned global player in refractories worldwide. The original Gottingen site is still an important centre for Refratchnik services, though the group is now managed by Refratechnik Holding in Ismaning/Munich, Germany.

PRE-SHOW REPORT

ALUMINIUM 2012 - The wondrous Trade Fair is back !

Global demand for aluminium is set to increase in the medium term, in spite of the uncertainties in the international finacial markets.

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