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April 2021 – No. 1

IMA Launches New
Magnesium LCA Study

For automotive and other OEMs to achieve their sustainability declarations (e.g., “Zero Global Impact” models), they need to take into account the sustainable sourcing of materials and components along the complete supply chain. Because of this, calculating the global environmental footprint through accurate life cycle assessment (LCA) is becoming an important decision tool for all stakeholders. However, the LCA for magnesium has not received enough attention. The International Magnesium Association (IMA) set out to address this challenge by commissioning the German Aerospace Center Institute of Vehicle Concepts (DLR) to put together an update of its 2013 LCA report. The new, updated study, “Carbon Footprint of Magnesium Production and its Use in Transport Applications," is discussed in this article.

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The Sustainable Road Ahead: International Aluminum Organizations Present Environmental Goals

Aluminum is vital to the society in which we live. Our homes, workplaces, vehicles, digital devices, packaging, and buildings that provide shelter and security – to name just a few examples – rely heavily on aluminum. Furthermore, the lightweight metal is integral to global emissions reduction efforts, with solar panels, wind turbines, and electric vehicles all depending on it. Ensuring aluminum’s place in society — now and in the future — requires a consideration of not only how aluminum is used, but how it is manufactured. Therefore, aluminum industry organizations are working to put forth plans to ensure the long term environmental and societal sustainability of aluminum.

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APEL Extrusions to Expand in Arizona

APEL Extrusions — a 45-year-old company with extrusion operations in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Coburg, Oregon — is expanding its manufacturing capacity to Phoenix, Arizona. The new 22.6 acre site will also eventually serve as the company's headquarters.
McLaren Relies on Aluminum in New Supercar

The McLaren Artura is the brand’s first series-production high-performance hybrid vehicle. The luxury sports car company used aluminum in many essential areas throughout the vehicle's design to meet its new standards for lightweighting.
Vitex Investing in New Extrusion Line to Double Output

Vitex Extrusion, a division of Momentum Manufacturing Group, plans to invest $12 million in the first phase of a new aluminum extrusion press line for its Franklin, New Hampshire, facility. The investment is expected to double the extruder’s current output. 


RIA Cast House Engineering GmbH offers rail-bound, foundry-compatible charging and skimming machines for aluminum foundries with a high degree of adaptation to local conditions that meet the highest customer demands. In machine development, energy requirements as well as system availability, ease of maintenance and occupational safety are taken into account. 

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Bonnell Expanding Its TSLOTS Aluminum Framing Operations

Bonnell Aluminum, a subsidiary of Tredegar Corporation, is expanding the operations of its TSLOTS line of aluminum structural framing systems into the Midwest region of the U.S. — with a new location and increased storage capacity. Read more...

Podcast Series Presents ‘All Things Anodizing’

The Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) is introducing a new podcast series called Ano-Talk: All Things Anodizing, which aims to educate and inform both anodizing industry professionals and end users about a wide range of information about anodizing. Read more...


The upcoming April 2021 edition of Light Metal Age will be focused on aluminum extrusion. 

Editorial topics to be presented in the issue include:

  • Aluminum Extrusion
  • Automated Press Handling
  • Adding Value with Fabrication
  • Quenching
  • Profile & Die Design
  • Billet Production
  • Applications: Automotive & B&C
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