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 Oct 14 Innovation and sustainability Foundry Alfe Chem industry operates in the field of lubrication and auxiliary chemicals for industrial manufacturing and processes involved in the emerging and increasingly important sector of "green chemistry". As a matter of fact, the goal of the company is to develop more eco-friendly products using raw materials from renewable sources. Foundry Alfe Chem has a self-sustainability program that provides for direct production of renewable raw materials at its own bio refinery. The final goal of the project is not only to produce such renewable materials, but also to create and start a highly sustainable industrial reality for the area.
 Oct 14 Brazil focuses on aluminium competitiveness To give back competitiveness to aluminium downstream and in particular to independent transformers and casting foundries, last August Brazil approved 6% temporary duty elimination on the import of 300 thousand tons of unalloyed raw metal for a period of 12 months. The alarm started when the production of primary aluminium registered by Abal association had resulted to be 543,200 tons in the first half of 2014, with 18.6% annual decline, resulting in an imports growth of over 117 thousand tons, against 13,000 tons of the same period in 2013.
 Oct 14 USA-EU trade, ongoing dialogue Negotiations between the EU and the USA for TTIP – Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement started in July 2013 and are defining new protocols able to balance and harmonize trade between the two sides of the Atlantic. Negotiations also involve the non-ferrous metal sector. In a note published in n. 54 of its newsletter, Assomet gives a comprehensive picture of ongoing negotiations and the issues under discussion, in particular those concerning trade in goods, rules of origin of products, access to raw materials and energy issues.

Duties and rules of origin of products
On the trade front, the negotiation is dealing with the long-standing question of duties. Despite customs duties in force between EU and USA for trade of metals are relatively contained, on average between 3 and 4%, traded volumes are such as to determine substantial fluctuations in value. European industry pushes for total abolition of duties, in particular for copper products and some precious metals.
 Oct 14 The new profile of EU institutions y this year both European Parliament and European Commission will be renovated, and for the next five years of the EU the new profile of these institutions will require new directions, regulations and standards for economic, environmental, commercial, industrial and social policy.
The short memo prepared by the European Aluminium Association to clarify some ideas to non-specialists is very appropriate on the abovementioned subject that is so important for the future of our supply chain and so little regarded by many insiders.
Concerning Parliament, there have already been some changes after the elections of May 22nd-25th, and one of its new responsibilities will be its first participation in the appointment of the Commission President.
However, the newest and most relevant novelty of the newly constituted Parliament is the growing importance achieved by so-called Eurosceptic groups, fragmented groups but still with a certain weight. Parliament acts as co-legislator and has the power to pass, amend or reject the Commission's legislative proposals ...
 Sep 14 Aluminium, permanent material The European regulation for packaging and waste treatment was issued 20 years ago. In fact, in December 1994, the European Parliament called and issued Directive 94/62 EC on packaging and packaging waste, which seemed to be then very innovative. It requested all companies involved in the production chain to be strongly responsible. The Directive demanded them to answer for their product, be it raw material or portion of by-products, from their sale to their treatment process after packaging end-of-life.
 Sep 14 Intals focuses on energy efficiency Intals continues its commitment to the reduction of environmental impact of industrial activities by launching two new investments that will involve the plant of Parona (Pavia), where aluminium scrap has been recycled since 1997 in order to produce ingot alloys for foundries and small hardware for steelworks. The plant in Parona has an output of 130 thousand tons per year and cooperates with the other group's system which is Somet in Ambivere (Bergamo), that deals with the production of billets for extrusion or moulding in all commercial alloys and plates up to 2,500 mm width and 12 tons weight.
Environmental sustainability has always been one of the guiding-values of Vedani Carlo Metalli, which since June 2013 has changed its name to Intals, and in fact its two new projects precisely focus on energy efficiency.
 Sep 14 High efficiency measurements Control of size and surface quality is a critical point for producers of metal, rubber and plastic profiles.
Dimensional complexity of profiles together with the increasing pressure of the market towards products with increasingly narrow dimensional tolerances requires manufacturers to invest in reliable measurement technologies, able to guarantee perfect performance both in the lab and in the production departments. This is a topic that affects very closely all manufacturers of extruded aluminium profiles with very strict quality requirements.
Dimensional controls should then take place frequently and during production, to promptly correct the press setting.
 Sep 14 The ASI project The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) is a cooperative programme promoted by IUCN, an international quasi-governmental organization founded in 1948 under the auspices of UNESCO. The ASI was launched several years ago. Including representatives of aluminium producers, converters and manufacturers, the initiative aims to enhance the sustainability and transparency of environmental and social policies and quality governance within the industry.
 Jul 14 China focuses on foil Many analyses that try to link social development and industrial production result in a positive relationship between use of aluminium foil and progress.
In all likelihood, everything starts from the explosive success of Reynolds Wrap that has supported development and spreading of well-being in the United States in the ‘50's. Even today, per capita consumption of foil neatly divides advanced societies from developing countries.
A few years ago, foil consumption in Europe, Japan and the USA was around two kilograms per capita; China around half a kilo while each of the billion Indians of the sub continent little more than 40 grams.
 Jul 14 Rolled products and extrusions, Assomet data Last month Assomet has published the updated data about the trend of the national market of aluminium semi-finished products up to the end of 2013, a year that once again shows the uncertainties of our economy. Concerning rolled products, production has stopped at little over 340 thousand tons, with a slight growth compared to 326 thousand tons of the previous year.
All this because of exports, since domestic demand is still less than 400 thousand tons, far from 2007 peaks and also from 2011 recovery values.
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