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October 23rd, 2018

Aluminium Dusseldorf 2018

MQP enjoyed another successful Dusseldorf Aluminium with many visitors spending time on the Exhibition Stand and holding detailed discussions with the senior MQP executives present. The displays on Optifine, Opticast and Optifilter all attracted attention as did the striking Exhibition Stand seen below. We have already booked the same Exhibition Stand space for Aluminium 2020.



The Final Report from Dusseldorf 2018 prepared by the Exhibition Organisers is shown below:


 “Despite” was a phrase that came up in nearly all conversations at this year’s ALUMINIUM. Despite current trade disputes, such as punitive US tariffs, sanctions against Russia and various bottlenecks in the supply of raw materials, global production and demand are still continuing to grow throughout the world. This was clearly emphasised by ALUMINIUM 2018, which was bigger and more international than ever before.

“ALUMINIUM is a trade fair for light metal, but a heavyweight in its global significance for the industry. This is particularly true at a time when there are irritations and when some parts of various markets are realigning themselves, as it’s also a time when trade fairs can play a crucial role in providing orientation for global trade,” says Hans-Joachim Erbel, CEO of Reed Exhibitions Germany, the organisers of ALUMINIUM.

This explains why the number of visitors has remained so robust – despite the current challenges and obstacles in international trade. “It’s where the world comes together, and no one wants to miss out,” says Hans-Joachim Erbel. In fact, all industry representatives fundamentally agree that the current aluminium rush will continue to gain momentum.

In total, the organisers reported 24,148 trade visitors (previous year: 24,373). The result of this year’s ALUMINIUM is therefore very close to the record achieved at the previous event.

Ongoing rise in internationalism

Whether they came from South Africa, the United States, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand or of course Europe, the visitors from 123 nations (previous event: 108) turned the trade fair into a “United Nations of ALUMINIUM”. At nearly 20 per cent, the number of overseas visitors who came to Düsseldorf was particularly remarkable. It meant that the overall level of internationalism had risen from 58 to 63 per cent.

Global heavyweight in light metal

“It’s a yardstick for the quality and worldwide relevance of ALUMINIUM and it’s something that reflects developments in the international markets,” says Olaf Freier, Event Director of ALUMINIUM at the end of the three-day event. In this way ALUMINIUM underlines its function as a global trading platform.

The same picture emerges for exhibitors. The trade fair has now reached the point where over two thirds of exhibitors – 664 businesses in all – come from outside Germany, amounting to a 4-per-cent increase since the previous event.

In total, this year’s world trade fair of the aluminium industry featured 971 exhibitors. 54 nations were represented, headed by Germany (307), then Italy as the second biggest exhibiting nation (118), and then China (103), Turkey (64), Spain (32), Austria and Spain (both 32), the United States (29), the Netherlands (25), France and the UK (both 23 exhibitors) and Canada (19).

Dynamic development of demand on a global scale

The material of the future is facing a future that will be greater than its past. “The long-term global trend is highly positive for primary aluminium. According to forecasts, demand should reach 50 per cent by 2050 and up to 108 million tonnes. The fastest growth can be observed in Asia, although Europe is currently the second biggest market for primary aluminium and is likely to continue in that position until at least 2050. Our estimates show that around 9 million tonnes of primary aluminium will be needed over the next few decades,” says Dr. Gerd Götz, Director General of the industry association European Aluminium.

The forecast matches the findings of a representative industry survey that was conducted at ALUMINIUM by an independent market research company. It showed that 69 per cent of the 600 businesses who were asked are expecting either a substantial or slight increase in economic developments over the next four years. Only six per cent of businesses believe that there will be a slight downturn. The rest are expecting at least a constant level of business development.

“Electric mobility, digitisation, sustainability and additive manufacturing – those are just some of the megatrends that will eventually give the aluminium industry another boost,” says Christian Wellner, Executive Member of the Managing Board of GDA, the German Aluminium Industry Association. He believes that Germany’s aluminium industry is well prepared for such challenges: “We’re the ones who (help to) develop the products and solutions for tomorrow,” says Christian Wellner at the end of ALUMINIUM.

The next ALUMINIUM, the 13th Aluminium World Trade Fair and Convention, will be held in Düsseldorf from 6 to 8 October 2020.





July 27th, 2018

Aluminium 2018, Dusseldorf

The premier exhibition for the Aluminium Industry, worldwide, will take place in Dusseldorf, Germany, from 9th to 11th October 2018.

Aluminium 2018 is expecting to attract over 27,000 visitors over the three days with 1000 exhibitors. The principal countries represented will be China, Russia, USA, Canada, and  Japan.

MQP will be participating with an Exhibition Stand, Number 31 Hall 11, in the Primary, Production and Recycling section.

John anld Richard Courtenay, Andrew Lamsdale, Richard Dean and Rein Vainik will be among the MQP personnel present on the MQP Stand.

Work is still in progress to finalise the details of the MQP Stand. A number of working images can be seen by clicking below and as can be seen it will have a reception desk, hospitality seating area and ample space for MQP equipment and products.

MQP – Aluminium – Dusseldorf stand design V3





June 25th, 2018

Launch of the Brunel Advanced Metal Processing Centre

MQP was invited to attend the opening of the AMPC at Brunel University on 13 June 2018. MQP will be sponsoring two postgraduate projects at Brunel in 2018. One project will be on the micro solidification of aluminium and the other on modelling aluminium flow through MQP’s in-line Optifilter filtration unit.

The AMPC has been established, with £15 million funding initiative, to provide solutions to the light-weighting challenges of the automotive industry. The new world class facility includes industrial scale metal casting and processing facilities  as well as advanced instruments for component testing and performance evaluation and state-of-the-art facilities for process modelling and simulation.

The UKRPIF funding has attracted over £60 million in co-investment from industrial partners, including Jaguar Land Rover and Constellium. This will facilitate collaborative research programmes over the next 10 years to address industrial and environmental challenges, such as carbon emission reduction.

The AMPC complements the facilities in the Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC) which opened in April 2016 and has already proven enormously successful.


June 20th, 2018

Batchpilot at the Alunorf Plant

Alunorf has been working for a number of years to maximise the effectiveness of the eleven Batchpilot units installed at the Neuss Plant.

They have concluded that to achieve accurate and reliable data on furnace and transfer weight they need take measurements on virtually 100% of their casts…80% or 90% is not good enough.

An article describing in detail the work and programmes carried out to achieve eventual success,culminating in conversion to fully automated units, was recently published in Aluminium Times and also presented at the 2018 Norcast Conference.

The article and the Conference paper were jointly authored and presented by MQP and Philip Meslage from the Alunorf team at Norcast.

Read the entire article by clicking below:

Batchpilot Article Aluminium Times


March 19th, 2018

Andrew Lamsdale

Andrew Lamsdale has recently joined MQP Ltd as  General Manager.

Andrew began his career with Century Aluminium UK in 1982 and went onto spend the years up to 2011 working in a senior commercial capacity in both the aluminium industry and the steel industry.

In 2011 he joined LSM, later to become AMG, with initial commercial responsiblity for grain refiners in the UK and Europe. He subsequently became engaged in the development of the fast growing Asia Pacific markets and moved to Shanghai with his family to better understand and operate in the China market.

Andrew sees his role with MQP, as GM, to maximise  the exposure  and profile of the MQP Grain Refiner range and implement this in aluminium casthouses around the globe.

An Aluminium Times “Personality Profile” of Andrew in was published in the Jan/Feb issue and to read this click on the link Andrew L Aluminium Times PP

December 12th, 2017

Seasonal Greetings From Us

The team at MQP wishes our worldwide customers, suppliers, distributors and consultants an enjoyable Christmas time and success in 2018.

October 10th, 2017


Richard Dean, our International Sales Manager, Europe and Middle East, represented MQP at ALUEXPO, 2017, Istanbul. This was the 5th International Aluminium Technology, Machinery and Products Trade Fair and took place between October 5 -7 at Istanbul Expo Centre.
There were 319 exhibitors, of which 162 came from Turkey and 157 from international companies. The international exhibitors represented over thirty different countries worldwide.

Industrial management, aluminium users and professionals from the aluminium industry, all over the world, visited the fair staged in three exhibition halls. The number of visitors, over three days, surpassed the total of 10,640 from 77 countries recorded at ALUEXPO 2015.

MQP’s distributor, based in Istanbul, AKM, operated a prominent exhibition stand and this featured key MQP casthouse products, Optifine, Refinal and Optifilter.

Whilst in Istanbul Richard took the opportunity to visit the newly built combined AKM office and warehouse facility.

This is located on land purchased in Tuzla, a province of Istanbul, on the Asian side of the city and on the coast of the Marmara sea. The location is ideal for ease of access to AKM’s industry customers.
Tuzla is known for its shipyards, seafood restaurants and the Formula One Istanbul racing circuit once dubbed “the best race track in the world” by Formula One Executive Bernie Ecclestone.

July 21st, 2017

MQP Supplement published in Aluminium Times

The supplement tells the MQP story…. from the formation of the Company in the year 2000, to its people, philosophy and range of products for the aluminium casthouse industry.

Follow the link to the article by clicking here MQP Supplement – Aluminium Times V19.3 July-August 2017

May 12th, 2017

MQP achieves ISO 9001: 2015 certification

Richard Courtenay, the  MQP Operations Director, is pleased to report that after a rigorous assessment process by BSI we have sucessfully achieved certification to Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015.

This is the world’s most widely adopted, internationally recognised, Quality Management System and will help us to continually monitor, manage and improve quality across our whole business.

Our certification confirms that we operate a Quality Management System which complies with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 with the scope:

“The design and procurement of raw materials for the casthouse industry within the UK and overseas”.

To see our registration certificate of March 2017 click on: FS 655961 Certificate

April 7th, 2017

TMS 2017 46th Annual Meeting and Exhibition

John Courtenay was unfortunately not able to attend this year’s TMS meeting. However John Griffin, our MQP Sales Manager North America, who is  highly experienced in casthouse production and technology, was able to present the TMS paper authored by John Courtenay,Marcel Rosefort and Phil Jankowski of Trimet Aluminium, Essen.

The paper was “Results of trials with a multistage filtration system employing a cyclone”. John did an excellent job in presenting and very many thanks to him.

A shortened version is in the latest issue, April/May, of Aluminium Times.To read click on TMS 2017 MB Optifilterpaper