Constellium signs multiyear contract with Airbus

Constellium N. V., based in Amsterdam, has announced that it has signed a contract with Airbus to support all of the aircraft manufacturer’s leading aircraft programs.

Constellium says the agreement further solidifies the company’s longstanding partnership with Airbus and confirms its position as a leading partner for aerospace aluminium products and solutions. Under the new agreement, Constellium will supply Airbus with a broad range of advanced aluminium rolled products for airframes, including wing skin panels and aero-sheets for fuselage panels, as well as rectangular and premachined plates for structural components.

Constellium and Airbus say they will deepen their cooperation in logistic and recycling solutions to reduce inventories along the supply chain and to support the ramp up of key Airbus programs, such as the A320neo and the A350 XWB. In support of Airbus’ continuous improvement targets, Constellium says it is committed to increasing the buy-to-fly ratio by developing and implementing near-net shaped and premachined products.

This contract builds on the partnership agreement signed with Airbus in 2010 that marked the introduction of the Airware technology on the A350 XWB.

Ingrid Jörg, president of Constellium’s aerospace and transportation business unit, says the company is strongly positioned to support Airbus in the execution of its key aerospace programs.

Constellium says it will supply Airbus with products produced mainly at its plants in Ravenswood, West Virginia, and in Issoire, France.

The specific terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Rusal reports strong 2015 profits, 1Q 2016 results

Aluminium producer Rusal Plc, headquartered in Russia, has reported decreased revenue but increased profits in 2015 compared to 2014. Although Rusal says its 2015 revenue of $8.67 billion was down 7.2% compared with the previous year, its net profit of $671 million was up considerably from the $17 million it recorded in 2014.

However, revenue fell by 25.6% compared with the fourth quarter of 2014 and Rusal suffered a “recurring net loss” of $40 million in the quarter.

In the news release accompanying its 2015 full-year and fourth quarter results, Rusal notes that the 2015 London Metal Exchange (LME) aluminium price average of $1,495 per tonne in the fourth quarter of 2015, “demonstrate[ed] a 24% decrease compared to $1,968 per tonne in the fourth quarter of the prior year.”

Rusal says it “expects that global aluminium demand will continue its growth at a healthy 5.7% during 2016 as a result of strong demand growth in North America, Europe and Asia. The transportation sector will continue to be the biggest growth contribution in 2016 followed by construction and electrical/consumer durables and packaging sectors.”

On the supply side, the company says, “Chinese aluminium production is forecasted to grow at the slowest pace over the last five years, by 4.8% in 2016 compared to five-year average growth at 12% and 9.6% in 2015.”

At the current price, Rusal says it estimates “that around 5 million tonnes of smelting capacity [in] China continues to be loss-making.” The company adds, “Consequently, the rest of the world’s aluminium production is forecasted to decline by 100,000 tonnes in 2016 as compared to 2015.”

Rusal continues, “Chinese semis export growth is expected to slow down further in 2016 as compared to 2015 on lower price arbitrage due to a much lower premium expectation in the rest of the world and higher Shanghai Future Exchange pricing linked to local capacity curtailments.”

In that case, the Russian aluminium producer says, “The total primary market balance will turn into a deficit of 1.2 million tonnes in 2016 as compared to 0.6 million tonnes of surplus in 2015.”

Rusal’s aluminium production for the first quarter of 2016 equaled 916,000 tonnes, a 0.5% decrease compared with the prior quarter.

Aluminium sales for the quarter, however, grew by 9.2%, thanks to seasonal factors, the company says.

Duesmann & Hensel Recycling announces name change

Beginning 1 September 2016, Duesmann & Hensel Recycling, headquartered in Aschaffenburg, Germany, will be known as Hensel Recycling. The precious metals recycling company says it also will issue all of its communications under the motto “New Name – Same Service.”

In 2014 the company’s owners, Clemens and Thomas Hensel, acquired the shares of Alexandra and Ralf Duesmann, therefore, they say it makes sense to change the firm’s name to Hensel Recycling. As a family-owned company, a decision was made to use the family name.

In March 2016, Hensel Recycling entered a transitional phase in which its new name began to be used in all company communications.

Achieving a high degree of brand recognition was the top priority in selecting the new name, according to the company.

Hensel Recycling’s name change is accompanied by a new logo (pictured above).

“It is our intention to assure our customers that only our name is changing and that our services, our employees and everything else that characterises our company, will remain exactly the same,” Managing Partner Clemens Hensel says.

Pepsi Cola raises awareness for beverage can recycling

The Jede Dose Zaehlt (Every Can Counts) initiative, a partnership between major European and U.K. beverage can manufacturers and reprocessors and leading drinks brands, seeks to motivate consumers in Austria to collect and recycle empty beverage cans properly. The campaign started in 2010, but, for the first time ever, the Jede Dose Zaehlt slogan is being featured on beverage cans. In cooperation with Pepsi Cola, the emblem “please recycle” is imprinted exclusively on Pepsi Cola, as well as on 7Up cans.

Pepsi and Every Can Counts say they are hoping to motivate young people, especially at festivals and sports events, to collect their empty beverage cans for recycling.

Dorothea Junk, founder of the Austrian initiative, says, “Jede Dose Zaehlt has been engaged for seven years in motivating Austrians to recycle beverage cans properly. Because every can, whether made from aluminium or tinplate, is 100% recyclable and can be reused infinitely, it is the most recycled beverage container worldwide. We are overjoyed that Pepsi Cola actively shares and supports our initiative and has agreed to become the first beverage company in Austria to print our logo on its products.”

Pepsi Austria says, “Pepsi Cola’s goal is to explain this subject and most of all to motivate young consumers to collect their empty cans for recycling.”

Alcoa introduces Arconic

New York-based Alcoa has announced that it will name its future value-add company Arconic, with its tagline being “Innovation, Engineered,” which the company says is intended to communicate its mission of inventing, developing and delivering products and solutions for high-performance customers and industries through precision engineering and advanced manufacturing.

Alcoa says its separation into two, independent, publicly traded companies in the second half of 2016 remains on track.

“The ‘Arconic’ brand fuses our extraordinary heritage with our highly promising future,” says Alcoa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Klaus Kleinfeld. “It echoes our 127-year history of invention—and reinvention. Our logo depicts the realm of possibility brought to life. It reflects our vision of limitless innovation solving complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build, package and power. And it represents the ingenuity of our people, who are dedicated to inventing, developing and delivering high-quality, innovative products and solutions that contribute to our customers’ success and create shareholder value.”

The company also unveiled a fresh iteration of the Alcoa logo for the upstream company, which retains the Alcoa name. “The new Alcoa mark represents a transformed and agile upstream company: resilient against market downswings and poised to capitalise on upswings,” Kleinfeld says.

“And so, with today’s announcements, we move closer to launching two leading-edge companies, each ready to define and seize the future,” he adds.

Arconic and Alcoa will be domiciled in the United States and listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Arconic as ARNC, and Alcoa as AA. The upstream company will comprise the five business units that today make up Global Primary Products: Bauxite, Alumina, Aluminium, Cast Products and Energy. Arconic will include the three business segments that today comprise Alcoa’s value-add portfolio: Global Rolled Products, Engineered Products and Solutions and Transportation and Construction Solutions.

ELV recycling ties into circular economy, according to EU commissioner

End-of-life vehicle (ELV) recycling will benefit from the Circular Economy Package adopted by the European Commission, according to an EU commissioner who addressed delegates to the International Automobile Recycling Congress (IARC) 2016 in Berlin.

“The measures planned by the European Commission in the field of design and innovation for the circular economy will contribute toward increasing recycling rates for materials such as steel, precious metals or plastics,” said Artemis Hatzi-Hull, director general for the environment of the EU Commission.

Hatzi-Hull said the new Circular Economy Package will produce additional positive effects. She referred to the planned measures to improve eco-design, which are aimed at increasing the durability, reparability and recyclability of many products. Moreover, she said she expected new advanced technologies would have a positive impact on employment in the recycling sector.

Dr. Tobias Bahr, environmental policy director at the Brussels-based European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), said the automotive industry already had embedded the concept of the circular economy in product development, manufacturing and an array of newly offered services.

Switzerland-based ICM AG organises the annual IARC.