What is the current status of the aluminum market? Are we in the midst of a surplus or a looming deficit? Is vehicle lightweighting an economical solution for consumers and auto manufacturers? How can industry leaders reduce the carbon footprint of aluminum castings? If you are asking yourself these questions and would like the answers to them, there is an ideal place to get them and that is at the ALUMINUM 2018 Conference.

ALUMINUM 2018 is a must-attend trade show and B2B platform attended by thousands of producers, processors and consumers who have a major stake holding in the aluminum industry.
The trade show will run this year between October 9 and 11 in Düsseldorf, Germany at the Düsseldorf fairgrounds. It will feature a smorgasbord of international innovations from raw materials to semi-finished products to finished products and machinery. As well, keynote lecturers will speak about the latest trends and topics that are adding value to the aluminum industry today.

ALUMINUM 2018 Conference – Martin Hartlieb Presentation on Eccomelt356.2

Eccomelt is pleased to announce that its efforts to create an environmentally-friendly alternative to A356.2/AlSi7Mg and reduce the impact of aluminum production on the environment will be highlighted at this year’s conference. Martin Hartlieb, a leading aluminum expert in the Canadian aluminum industry, will be presenting research of the Quebec Metallurgy Center (CMQ) on our product (Eccomelt356.2), entitled, “ECCOMELT356.2 – AN ECOLOGICAL AND ECONOMICAL ALTERNATIVE TO PRIMARY A356.2/AL-SI7MG FOR MANY APPLICATIONS”. The presentation will take place on Wednesday October 10, 2018 between 13:50 and 14:10 pm local time.

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About Martin Hartlieb

After his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Stuttgart (Germany), Martin started his career in 1995 in Germany and then in Spain at Behr GmbH & Co KG (heat exchangers, engine cooling, HVAC). In 2000 he joined Alcan Inc. first in Markt Schwaben (Germany), where he was in charge of sales and engineering of their Engineered Shaped Products Division. In 2003 he was transferred to Montreal (Canada) to take over the global market development for Alcan (later Rio Tinto Alcan – RTA), where he conducted market studies, launched new alloys, products and process technologies, and developed new international markets. He subsequently also held positions in Marketing and Product Management at RTA. During this time he became a recognized aluminum (and especially foundry/die casting) industry expert and speaker at many conferences and seminars around the globe.

Since 2012 he is president of Viami International Inc., where he works with a number of different producers of aluminum alloys, products and process technologies in developing (international) markets, launching new products and process technologies, etc. He also offers consulting and training in sourcing of aluminum, equipment and technologies as well as process improvement

The Road to Minimizing Carbon Footprint in Aluminum Production | Eccomelt356.2 | Direct A356.2 Substitute

Traditionally, smelting aluminium necessitated anodes made of carbon-rich material. That is because carbon is a good conductor of electricity as well as it is low-cost and plentiful. The anodes are used to release the metal from the oxide. During the process the carbon anodes are destroyed and the carbon dioxide gases are emitted, which in turn makes our world more polluted.

Aluminium production accounts for approximately 0.8% of global greenhouse gas emissions and the demand for the metal is only rising with the growing amount of applications it can serve. At the same time, it is also a material that is used to reduce emissions. For example, vehicles made from aluminum are lighter than vehicles made from traditional steel and therefore require less fuel.
While new technologies are being unveiled to curb greenhouses gases, some industry experts are forgetting one small fact: Aluminum is easy to recycle, which gives it the potential to be a “green” resource. Not only that, aluminum can be indefinitely recycled. That means no matter how many times it is used and reprocessed it will never lose its quality. There is no need to produce and manufacture only raw (primary) aluminum because there is plenty of recycled aluminum going around and the quality is almost no different if recycled wisely and correctly; a point that Eccomelt has stood by since its conception.

Eccomelt356.2 | Direct Substitute for A356.2 Ingot, Sow & T-bar

Alongside Alcan R&D, Eccomelt has developed a patented revolutionary process that produces a specification alloy from aluminum wheels at a lower cost than traditional methods and that meets that US EPA definition of CLEAN CHARGE.

Eccomelt ships products to foundries within North America including the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and worldwide, such as France, Ireland, Italy, Serbia, and Spain. Our product is the material of choice for many consumers because it is chemically pure and environmentally-friendly. Its shredded form has achieved higher melting rates than Ingot, Sow or T-Bar. Environmental testing has also proven the process eliminates all coatings.

If you have any questions about our products or about the ALUMIMUM conference and our participation, you may contact us at (888) 356-9557 or visit our website and fill out our contact form.


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