Rio Tinto is investing CAD 8.4 million to expand the recycling capacity of its aluminium operations in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, to offer rolled product customers in North America a new, sustainable solution combining low-carbon and recycled aluminium. A new remelt furnace will be added 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.
With an initial capacity of 22,000 metric tons of remelted aluminum per year, the new aluminum recycling system is expected to be operational at the end of 2021.
Rio Tinto’s technical marketing experts will assist customers in selecting the right recycled content together with the optimal alloy for their specific needs.
The rolled product recycling service will complement the closed looped solution Rio Tinto is offering to billet customers from 2021, providing high quality alloys made of low carbon primary aluminium and recycled content.