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December 2020 – No. 1

December Issue Now Available!

Light Metal Age December Cover - Image of the first coil from JW Aluminum's new rolling lineThe December 2020 issue of Light Metal Age was sent to digital subscribers, with print copies to be shipped soon.

Focusing on flat rolled aluminum, the December issue features an article on JW Aluminum's new continuous casting and rolling facility, an interview with Roxana Molina from Novelis about how the company has addressed supply chain disruptions through advanced planning and communication, and an interview with Robert Budway from the Can Manufacturers Institute about the growing demand for aluminum cans.

Additional articles in the issue include an overview of Hydro Cressona's new automated press line, how to predict profile wall thickness using simulation, a look at a new low pressure casting technology for production of forging stock, an analysis of the use of aluminum forgings for automotive suspension applications, and more.

On the cover, teammates Nick Harris, electrical automation technician (left), and Caleb Nunley, maintenance operator (right), enthusiastically display the first production coil from JW Aluminum’s new continuous casting and rolling operation in Goose Creek, SC.

Preview the list of articles that appear in the December 2020 issue.

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Aluminum Safety: Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls

Slips, trips, and falls are among the most common causes for work-related injuries and fatalities. This article by Alex Lowery provides an overview of methods for aluminum operations to manage the safety of their employees and prevent injuries from being caused by such hazards.
Kaiser to Acquire Warrick Rolling Mill

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Alcoa Warrick LLC from Alcoa Corporation. This acquisition includes all of the Warrick rolling assets, comprising the casthouse, hot mill, cold mills, and coating and slitting lines.
ALMAG Aluminum Acquires Assets of Alabama Extrusions

ALMAG Aluminum, headquartered in Ontario, Canada, recently announced the acquisition of the assets of Alabama (Shoals) Extrusions in Florence, Alabama. This positions the organization to support increased demand from the U.S. market. 


Thermika Systems Inc. is an industry leader in the field of high efficiency, industrial heating technology. The company’s rapid heating technology not only saves energy and cuts greenhouse gas emissions, it reduces operating costs up to 50% and die breakage up to 90%. 

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Ball Changes the Game with Aluminum Beverage Packaging 

Ball Corporation teamed up with multiple sports-entertainment venues to enhance the customer experience and encourage the use of aluminum in beverage packaging. The infinitely recyclable Ball Aluminum Cup™ will be a main packaging solution in stadiums — alongside recyclable bottles and cans. Read more...

NanoAL Commercializes Aluminum Alloy Powders

NanoAL, LLC, located in Boston, MA, has commercialized its award-winning, additive manufacturing technology — Addalloy® 5T aluminum alloy powder. NanoAL is a subsidiary of Unity Aluminum and serves as its research and development division, developing new aluminum alloys. 


The upcoming February 2021 edition of Light Metal Age will be focused on primary aluminum production. The issue is expected to be distributed at TMS 2021 in Orlando, FL, on March 14-18; the AEC Annual Meeting in Palm Desert, CA, on March 18-20; the Aluminum Association Spring Meeting in Miami, FL, on April 12-14; ALUMINIUM 2021 in Düsseldorf, Germany, on May 18-20; 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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