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07.03.19

A statement from Dr. Helmut Antrekowitsch

Social, ecological and economic topics have become particularly important to the manufacturing industries over the last ten years. In the years since the Scientific Advisory Board was established, AMAG has developed into a sustainable business.

Recycling

Aluminium recycling has increased significantly. This is on the one hand caused by the larger quantity of available secondary materials, and on the other hand due to the ecological and economic advantages of secondary metallurgy.

 

The low energy requirements, in particular, demonstrate the advantages of aluminium recycling – depending on the quality of scrap, the energy demand varies only between 5–10% of that needed for primary creation.

 

AMAG achieved a recycling rate of 75%, simultaneously producing all alloy groups in the area of wrought and cast alloys, and making use of different scrap qualities especially low grad scrap. This makes it unique in the world.

Dr. Antrekowitsch: Social, ecological and economic topics have become particularly important to the manufacturing industries over the last ten years.
Dr. Helmut Antrekowitsch

Research at AMAG and the university

 

Research and development at AMAG is being particularly intensified in the area of recycling. First of all, this results in continuous optimization of the entire process chain, from characterization of the scrap to the half-finished product. But in addition to this, new recycling alloys are actually being developed.

 

Dissertations that have been instigated and carried out in the scope of the Scientific Advisory Board's work over the last years have supplemented the company's internal research and development in this area.

 

For the Montanuniversität, the aluminium competence that has been built up over the last few years has enormous importance. For example, consider that Stefan Pogatscher, a permanent guest of AMAG's Scientific Advisory Board, was the first scientist who managed to win an ERC grant for the Montanuniversität.

 

Based on the new Christian Doppler laboratory, and a high number of other projects, we have been able to establish a permanent research group at the chair of nonferrous metallurgy. This group consists of 18-20 people working intensively on development of alloys and aluminium recycling.

For the Montanuniversität as a whole, the aluminium competence that has been built up over the last few years has enormous importance.

 

The research activities initiated through the AMAG Advisory Board were an important starting point that have ultimately led to the development of this internationally recognized research group at Montanuniversität.

 

Many excellent doctoral students have already transferred to AMAG and hold responsible jobs there.

Dr. Helmut Antrekowitsch, Montanuniversität Leoben

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