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February 2021 – No. 1

Consortium to Design New Lightweight Battery Casings for Electric Cars

A consortium of companies and institutions in the U.K. launched a major new multi-million-pound project to help design new lightweight battery casings for the next generation of electric cars and ultra low emissions vehicles (ULEVs). The members of the consortium include Constellium, Impression Technologies Ltd, Innoval Technology, Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), Grainger & Worrall, and WMG University of Warwick, as well as automakers BMW and Volvo.

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Hot Rolling Mill Commissioned in Greece

ElvalHalcor S.A. commissioned its new four-stand tandem hot rolling mill in Oinofyta, Greece. The completion of the hot mill is the first phase of the company’s five-year plan to more than double its flat rolled aluminum products capacity.
Construction Started on Battery Recycling Plant in Norway

Hydrovolt, the joint venture between Hydro and Northvolt, started construction of its new car battery recycling facility in Fredrikstad, Norway. The plant will separate aluminum from other valuable materials for recycling and reuse. 
3D-Printed Casing Produced for a Satellite

UC Rusal produced an 3D-printed aluminum casing, which has been successfully implemented in a Yarilo satellite launched into space in 2020. The satellite’s mission is to explore and monitor the sun and weather variations in space. 


b+s group was founded by Burghardt + Schmidt GmbH through the acquisition of traditional, well-known, and firmly established companies on the world market. Through b+s group, Burghardt + Schmidt’s entire product range has expanded with the products of SCHNUTZ GmbH and DAA Delta Technik GmbH in the area of leveling machines, strip feeding systems, and automation technology. 

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Aluminum Curtain Wall Installed in New Net-Zero Building Design

Vaisala recently opened its new North American headquarters in Louisville, Colorado. The company chose to use aluminum in many of the building’s critical features to help it achieve a net-zero environmental impact building with a clean, modern aesthetic. Read more...

The Shapemakers Podcast Covers All Things Aluminum Extrusion

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) has hopped on the podcast bandwagon, filling a niche category that will appeal to many in the aluminum extrusion industry. The new podcast will cover topics related to the extrusion industry, applications, trade issues, and more. Read more...


The upcoming February 2021 edition of Light Metal Age will be focused on primary aluminum production. The issue will be distributed at TMS 2021 (virtual) on March 14-18; the AEC Annual Meeting (virtual) on March 18-20; the Aluminum Association Spring Meeting (virtual) on April 12-14; and the IMA Annual Meeting in Fukuoka, Japan, on August 25-27. 

Editorial topics to be presented in the issue include:

  • Benchmarks for a Circular Economy
  • Low Carbon Smelters
  • High Purity Aluminum
  • Utilizing Smelter Waste Streams
  • Casthouse Productivity
  • Melt Quality
  • Material Handling – AGVs
  • Furnace Management
  • Heat Treating
  • Magnesium
  • Extrusion 
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