Latin America

Hydro Challenges State Tests Finding Heavy Metal Pollution at Alunorte Alumina Refinery

Hydro Challenges State Tests Finding Heavy Metal Pollution at Alunorte Alumina Refinery

Though immediately challenged by Norsk Hydro, a Brazilian federal government study says that the waters in the vicinity of Alumina do Norte do Brasil S.A.’s (Alunorte) refining plant show elevated levels of heavy metals. In comments to domestic media Wednesday, public health...

Alunorte Task Force Delivers Preliminary Findings to Norsk Hydro

Norsk Hydro A.S.A. reported the results of the expert panel tasked with reviewing the issues that led to the state government mandating the closure of half the refining capacity of the Alumina do Norte do Brasil S.A. (Alunorte) refinery in northern Brazil. The select panel returned three key findings: first, an overflow occurred from a […]

State Authorities Order Production Halved at Hydro Alunorte

The government of the northern Brazilian state of Pará has ordered Norsk Hydro to halve production at Alumina do Norte do Brasil S.A. (Alunorte) due to the company’s failure to reduce the water level at a bauxite residue deposit at the site. The Secretariat of Environment and Sustainability in the Brazilian state of Pará (SEMAS) […]

Ball Corporation Expanding Aluminium Beverage Can Operations in Argentina and Paraguay

In a move aimed at capitalizing on South America’s growing reliance on aluminium beverage cans, Colorado’s Ball Corporation yesterday announced plans to add capacity to operations in Paraguay and Argentina. The company’s announced plans include the addition of a one-line manufacturing plant in Asunción specializing in aluminium beverage can and ends, and augmenting operations at […]

Aleris Lands Aluminium Supply Deal with Embraer

Cleveland rolled aluminium firm Aleris International, Inc. announced on Tuesday that it has come to terms with Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer S.A. on a multi-year deal to supply aluminium flat-rolled products for use across the entire spectrum of Embraer’s winged offerings. Few details were made public, but the deal in question is a renewal of […]