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Alcoa Gennevilliers and the BID Award for Quality in Paris 2009

January 28, 2010

Alcoa Gennevilliers

In paris, the representants of Alcoa Gennevilliers, belonging to Alcoa Hownet, received the International Star Award for Quality from Jose E. Prieto, the President and CEO of Business Initiative Directions.
Alcoa is a leading supplier of superalloy metals and advanced tools which operates 27 manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada, France, the UK and Japan.

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Alcoa Howmet, a great group

January 27, 2010

Alcoa Howmet Gennevilliers, representing France and the overall Alcoa corporation with it US$ 5.2 billion turnover, received the International Star Award for Leadership in Quality in Paris from Jose E. Prieto, President and CEO of BID, Business Initiative Directions, and Craig Miller, President of the QC100.
Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Alcoa Howmet is a world leader in the investment casting of superalloys, aluminum and titanium primarily for jet aircraft engines and airframes as well as industrial gas turbine (IGT) engine components. Alcoa Howmet also provides hot isostatic pressing, precision machining and protective coating services.
An important supplier of superalloy metals, titanium ingots, ceramic products and advanced tooling, Alcoa Howmet conducts extensive research to aid development of its material, product and process technologies.
Alcoa Howmet and affiliates operate 27 manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and Japan.

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Dubai Aluminum, also present in Brazil

January 24, 2010

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Alcoa Howmet Gennevilliers, representing France and the overall Alcoa corporation with it US$ 5.2 billion turnover, received the International Star Award for Leadership in Quality in Paris from Jose E. Prieto, President and CEO of BID, Business Initiative Directions, and Craig Miller, President of the QC100.
Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Alcoa Howmet is a world leader in the investment casting of superalloys, aluminum and titanium primarily for jet aircraft engines and airframes as well as industrial gas turbine (IGT) engine components. Alcoa Howmet also provides hot isostatic pressing, precision machining and protective coating services.
An important supplier of superalloy metals, titanium ingots, ceramic products and advanced tooling, Alcoa Howmet conducts extensive research to aid development of its material, product and process technologies.
Alcoa Howmet and affiliates operate 27 manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and Japan. 

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The Aluminum Economy

January 23, 2010

The aluminum industry makes a substantial contribution to the global economy and to many individual national economies in more than 30 countries. Forty-five million tonnes of semi-fabricated aluminum products are produced annually, including -14 million tonnes from recycled aluminum. The aluminum industry directly employs more than one million people worldwide and indirectly generates four times as many jobs in downstream and service industries.1-5
For much of the industry’s history, the United States was the largest producer of primary aluminum. Since 2000, however, the United States has dropped from the first to the fourth largest producer of aluminum, with China. Russia, and Canada emerging as the three largest producers (Figure 1). Despite the drop in production, the United States remains the largest consumer of aluminum. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Minerals Yearbook. U.S. aluminum consumption in 2005 was 6.460 million tonnes.1

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What are we doing with Aluminum?

January 22, 2010

Aluminium is the most widely used non-ferrous metal. Global production of aluminium in 2005 was 31.9 million tonnes. It exceeded that of any other metal except iron (837.5 million tonnes). Relatively pure aluminium is encountered only when corrosion resistance and/or workability is more important than strength or hardness. A thin layer of aluminium can be deposited onto a flat surface by physical vapor deposition or (very infrequently) chemical vapor deposition or other chemical means to form optical coatings and mirrors. When so deposited, a fresh, pure aluminium film serves as a good reflector (approximately 92%) of visible light and an excellent reflector (as much as 98%) of medium and far infrared.
Pure aluminium has a low tensile strength, but when combined with thermo-mechanical processing, aluminium alloys display a marked improvement in mechanical properties, especially when tempered. Aluminium alloys form vital components of aircraft and rockets as a result of their high strength-to-weight ratio. Aluminium readily forms alloys with many elements such as copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese and silicon (e.g., duralumin). Today, almost all bulk metal materials that are referred to loosely as “aluminium,” are actually alloys. For example, the common aluminium foils are alloys of 92% to 99% aluminium.

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What it Aluminum?

January 21, 2010

Aluminium or aluminum is a silvery white and ductile member of the boron group of chemical elements. It has the symbol Al; its atomic number is 13. It is not soluble in water under normal circumstances. Aluminium is the most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust, and the third most abundant element therein, after oxygen and silicon. It makes up about 8% by weight of the Earth’s solid surface. Aluminium is too reactive chemically to occur in nature as a free metal. Instead, it is found combined in over 270 different minerals. The chief source of aluminium is bauxite ore.
Aluminium is remarkable for its ability to resist corrosion (due to the phenomenon of passivation) and its low density. Structural components made from aluminium and its alloys are vital to the aerospace industry and very important in other areas of transportation and building. Its reactive nature makes it useful as a catalyst or additive in chemical mixtures, including being used in ammonium nitrate explosives to enhance blast power.

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A Russian Company close to be the biggest

January 19, 2010

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Russia’s OAO Rusal moved into position Monday to surpass Alcoa Inc. as the world’s biggest aluminum producer, announcing a deal to create a company that will make an estimated 12 percent of global output of the metal.
The three-way deal underscored the rise of Russia’s commodities-based industries, which have reaped the benefits of low costs and soaring world prices, as well as the ambitions of Rusal’s billionaire owner Oleg Deripaska.
The new company — which will absorb Rusal’s Russian rival Sual as well as the alumina assets of Swiss-based commodities trader Glencore — will include smelters and refineries across Russia as well as facilities in China, Guyana, Australia, Ireland, Jamaica, Italy and Sweden.
While the deal has yet to receive regulatory approval from Russian authorities and the European Union, company officials said they hoped it would be completed by April 2007.