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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.


New process joins sheet metals better together

Scientists at the University of Stuttgart have developed two new variants of friction stir welding. For the first time this will make it possible to use the friction stir welding process to efficiently and strongly join steel or aluminium sheets of different thicknesses.


Constellium partners with Nespresso to recycle used aluminium capsules in Switzerland

Nespresso and Constellium are cooperating in the recycling of used coffee capsules. This collaboration is part of the "Second Life" project that will be carried out in Switzerland where Nespresso has its headquarters.


ALUMINIUM 2016 Conference

The official programme for the ALUMINIUM 2016 Conference from 29 November – 1 December 2016 in Düsseldorf is now complete. For the fourth time now the conference for the world's largest aluminium trade fair is being planned and organised by the GDAtogether with the exhibition organiser Reed.