Cutting aluminium requires a range of machinery depending on the end-use application that vary from aircraft to window blinds with techniques that rely on higher speeds and lower cutting forces compared to metals like steel to ensure optimum cutting geometry. By Stephanie Riegel-Stolzer, member of the Kasto management board.

USA: The separation of Alcoa Incorporated into Arconic Incorporated and Alcoa Corporation took effect through a pro rata distribution by Arconic of 80.1 percent of the outsanding shares of the new Alcoa company.

The advantages of using aluminium alloy engine blocks over cast iron blocks can be augmented with thermal coating spray. Contributed by Paulo ES Rosa, manager, advanced thermal spray applications and process development, Comau.

At the fore, high speed milling of aluminium parts for the aerospace industry. By Reuven Shapir, Iscar Industry Manager for the Aerospace Marketing Division.

Tokyo, Japan: Aluminium prices are likely to range between US$1,500 and US$1,700 per tonne for the latter half of this year as oversupply will cap further gains, said the Japan Aluminium Association.

Aleris has received a new multi-year contract with Airbus to supply aluminium plate and sheet to be used in the production of all Airbus aircraft programs. The contract begins in 2017 and will also include the supply of technically advanced wing skin material. This agreement will extend the Aleris relationship with Airbus.

Aluminium is used for a wide range of purposes in construction, including façades, blinds and window elements. But it has applications in many other areas of manufacturing as well: ships, aircraft, motor vehicles, machines and household goods. Having the correct machining tools for aluminium is imperative. By Stephanie Riegel-Stolzer, member of the board of management, Kasto Maschinenbau.

Japanese aluminium products makers such as UACJ Corp and Kobe Steel are boosting output capacity in the United States to increase market share as automakers turn to the lighter metal to meet stricter environmental rules, reported Reuters.

A key trend that will propel the growth of the global aluminium die casting machinery market is stimulation-based castings, according to a 2016 market report by RnR Market Research.

General Motors (GM) plans to launch a new manufacturing technique that the automaker had spent some two years developing. The new process, scheduled to take place within a few months and was developed in-house, will involve joining aluminium and steel parts and is intended to cut vehicle weight while lowering and simplifying production costs.

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