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Aluminium aerosol cans report clear gains worldwide

The member companies of AEROBAL could be more than happy with developments in shipments around the world. In the first half of the year, they boosted output of aluminium aerosol cans by a remarkable 4.5 per cent compared with the corresponding period a year earlier to about 2.9 billion cans.


World Aluminium Aerosol Can Award 2016

For its competition to find this year’s best aluminium aerosol cans, AEROBAL, the International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers, once again invited entries from all over the world. AEROBAL’s member companies account for about 70 per cent of all aluminium aerosol cans produced worldwide.


Dr. Hinrich Mählmann reelected as president of the GDA

Dr. Hinrich Mählmann (59), president of the Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie e.V. (GDA) in Düsseldorf, has been elected again by the general assembly of the GDA for a further three-year term of office. As vice presidents again elected is Oliver Höll, Karl Höll GmbH, as well as Kjetil Ebbesberg, Hydro Aluminium.


Packaging market still stable in 2015

No big changes compared to the same period of the previous year – that is the conclusion drawn by the Joint Committee of German Packaging Manufacturers (GADV) with regard to the annual assessment for 2015. Sales in packaging materials rose by 1.1 percent in 2015 to around EUR 32 billion.


Aluminium innovation gives stronger and lighter ship hulls

Sapa has installed at its plant in Finspång, Sweden the largest friction stir welding (FSW) machine in Europe and one of the largest in the world. The new large-scale FSW machine offers single-sided and double-sided welding of aluminium profiles with material thicknesses up to 16 mm, produced as 18 by 3.5-meter panels.


Business activity in aluminium sector mixed

Business activity in the German aluminium sector has been mixed so far this year. Semis producers managed to increase their production in the first half of 2016, but declines were reported by aluminium smelters, founders and converters. There continues to be cautious optimism regarding growth expectations for 2016.


Entrance mat with aluminium profiles can be completely recycled

The mat "emco Ecoline Pionier" consists of functional layers of materials lying in robust aluminium profiles. The entrance mat – from yarn to aluminium profiles – can be completely recycled without exception.


Antimicrobial Schüco windows and handles

SmartActive is a new and lasting finish from Schüco for window systems and handles made of aluminium. It provides the kind of long-lasting antimicrobial protection on frames and handles that is in demand particularly in clinics, care homes, kindergartens and public buildings.


In Rio every gram counts

On the way to the finish line at the Olympic Games, for cyclists every gram counts. Because, the less weight that has to be set in motion, the better the acceleration. Aluminium components are particularly lightweight and especially tailored to suit the needs of each of the individual German track cyclists.