Rio Tinto will expand the recycling capacity of its aluminium operations in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, to offer customers in North America rolled product combining low-carbon and recycled aluminium.
The $8.4 million investment involves the addition of a new remelt furnace at the Laterrière Plant’s casting centre to recycle aluminum cuttings from Rio Tinto’s operations and rolling mill customers in manufacturing sectors, producing rolling ingots for the automotive and packaging industries.
Rio Tinto vice president of sales and marketing Tolga Egrilmezer said the new aluminum recycling system – which will have an initial capacity of 22,000 metric tons of remelted aluminum per year – is expected to be operational at the end of 2021.
He said the rolled product recycling service would complement the closed looped solution Rio Tinto is offering to billet customers from 2021, providing high quality alloys made of low carbon primary aluminum and recycled content.
“The investment continues Rio Tinto’s focus on enhancing the recycling solutions it offers to customers, supporting the transition to a circular economy,” Mr Egrilmezer continued.
“This new furnace will allow us to provide a recycling service to our customers for scrap from their manufacturing processes, helping them meet the growing consumer demand for sustainable products.
“This innovative step will add to our responsible production in Quebec, where we produce aluminum with one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world using hydropower.”