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April 2021 – No. 2

Our April Issue is Now Available!

The April 2021 issue of Light Metal Age has been released to digital subscribers and will be distributed to print subscribers next week.

Focusing on the aluminum extrusion industry, the April issue includes articles and interviews on increased demand for extrusions, Benkam Alu Extrusions' planned expansion of its operations, extrusion die design, and the use of aluminum profiles in newly designed applications, such as a Bridge in a Box and a radio concealment pole. 

Additional articles look at aluminum cross members in automotive, managing operating costs in DC casthouses, and an introduction to aluminum anodizing. 

The cover shows aluminum profiles coated using the sublimation process at Benkam Alu Extrusions in Uzbekistan. The company is currently launching a massive multi-year expansion project, which will increase its extrusion, surface finishing, and fabrication capacities.

Preview the list of articles that appear in the April 2021 issue.

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Rusal Produces Low Carbon Aluminum Using Inert Anode Technology

UC Rusal, a metals segment of En+ Group, successfully produced low carbon aluminum using its proprietary inert anode technology. According to the company, it has achieved the world’s lowest carbon aluminum footprint.

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Searching for a Better Battery

Lithium-ion batteries, which represent the current standard in available technology, provide a number of challenges. Therefore, engineers and researchers are looking into alternative battery materials and designs, searching for improved performance for use in the automotive industry and beyond.
China Certifies Second Batch of Scrap Importers

The China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CMRA) released a list of 26 foreign companies that have been approved by the government of China to import aluminum and copper scrap into the country. 
Hydro to Sell Rolling Business to KPS Partners

Norsk Hydro ASA entered into an agreement to sell its Hydro Rolling business to KPS Capital Partners. Hydro Rolling is one of the largest global manufacturers of aluminum rolled products.


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 Chair Made Using Superplastic Forming Method

Hydro’s technical experts and British designer, Tom Dixon, teamed up on a challenge to make a 100% recyclable aluminum chair that could be shaped in one singular piece. Read more...

Chinese Automotive Supplier Commissions Die Forging Press Line

Ningbo Xusheng Auto Technology Co., Ltd., an automotive supplier in China, commissioned a new die forging press line at its facility in the Zhejiang province. The new line enables the company to serve the growing market for high-end forged aluminum chassis components in the automotive market, especially for electric vehicles. Read more...

International Patents

Our April list of patents includes developments of new technologies for the friction stir welding of aluminum, with a particular focus on the U.S. Read more...


The upcoming June 2021 edition of Light Metal Age will be focused on automotive aluminum. 

Editorial topics in the issue will include:
  • Automotive - Focus on Electrification
  • Extrusion Press Maintenance
  • Heat Treatment – Homogenizing
  • Automation & Robotics
  • Forging
  • Company Profile: Western Extrusions New Casthouse  
  • Applications: Automotive & B&C
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