Our February issue focus is nonferrous, and much of our content this month deals with things nonferrous. Check out our feature articles on the following topics: improving aluminum coil annealing, burner retrofits for aluminum furnaces, carbon-composite hot-zone upgrades and induction scanning.
As usual, much of the current nonferrous news is aluminum and involves Alcoa. The company just completed their annual investor meeting on Jan. 11.
Results for Q-4 and for the full year of 2015 showed slight losses compared to gains in 2014. Alcoa plans to permanently eliminate several smelting/refining operations. These closings will result in layoffs of more than 1,200 in Texas and Indiana alone.