Alcoa Corp. announced that construction will soon begin on a project to increase the casting capabilities at its Deschambault smelter in Canada to include standard ingots. The new casting equipment will be constructed in an existing building, with the project scheduled to be fully complete in the first quarter of 2023. The output from the approximately $8 million return-seeking capital investment will complement the site’s two existing vertical casting pits, which exclusively cast T-bar ingots.
Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry (WAF), a supplier of aluminum and copper-based alloy castings, acquired the assets of castings manufacturer DEE Inc. of Crookston, Minn. The acquisition will expand WAF’s current operations, increase capacity and reportedly add 30 new jobs at the Crookston location as production grows. DEE is a shell core and permanent molding foundry that also offers heat-treating and inspection services. WAFs main plant in Manitowoc, Wis., houses its foundry and machine-shop divisions and provides a range of castings for the automotive, agriculture, construction, defense and medical industries.
Spain’s Hormesa is distributing Flextreme technology – an advanced manufacturing process – to the global aluminum industry. Developed and patented by Novelis, Flextreme is a horizontal continuous-casting process that produces bars with a superior surface that generally does not require scalping. Its solidification structure also obviates the need for heat treatment before forming.
ATEK Metal Technologies, which ships thousands of aluminum castings each day, completed a significant expansion of its metal-casting, heat-treatment and machining capabilities in New Hampton, Iowa. The company added 40% to its low-pressure permanent mold casting capacity as well as state-of-the-art precision machining capabilities to be able to provide customers with cast and machined finished components.
Magna opened an aluminum casting facility in Telford, England, that will supply structural castings to Jaguar Land Rover. The 225,000-square-foot facility, which is expected to employ 300 people, will use Magna’s patented vacuum die-casting process. The advanced lightweight aluminum castings produced help maximize strength and stiffness and minimize weight, which improves fuel economy, safety and handling.
Magna opened an aluminum casting facility in Telford, England, that will supply structural castings to Jaguar Land Rover. The 225,000-square-foot plant, which is expected to employ 300 people, will use Magna’s patented vacuum die-casting process to produce high-pressure aluminum castings.
Wisconsin Oven Corp. shipped an electrically heated horizontal quench system to an aluminum casting company. The system will be used for solution treating aluminum castings for the aerospace and automotive industries. The solution-treating furnace is designed to heat a 2,500-pound load of aluminum, plus basket and work grid, to an operating temperature of 1020°F. The maximum temperature rating for this system is 1250°F, sized for a 5-foot-wide x 5-foot-long x 5-foot-high basket.
Shiloh Industries Inc. entered into two definitive agreements with Brabant Alucast Services B.V. to acquire both Brabant Alucast Italy and Brabant Alucast Netherlands. The acquisition complements the company’s global footprint and expands into aluminum and existing magnesium casting and stamping capabilities. It also provides for necessary growth capacity in Europe.
Indalco Alloys is a division of Lincoln Electric Company that produces aluminum weld wire and redraw rod. The company operates a melting furnace and two holding furnaces that feed a continuous-casting machine through a trough system.