The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) announced yesterday the certification of Aleris Alumnum Duffel against its Chain of Custody standard for its aluminium refining and remelting operations and semi-fabrication operations in Belgium.
Previously certified against ASI’s Performance Standard one year ago, the plant produces a wide array of aluminium sheet and coil for clients in industries including automotive, building and construction, commercial transportation, heat exchangers, industrial products, and packaging.
ASI Chief Executive Officer Fiona Solomon lauded the firm for its accomplishment.
“We warmly congratulate Aleris Aluminum Duffel on their ASI Chain of Custody Certification. Aleris has supported ASI’s vision from the outset, and we are pleased to see that the company now has both ASI Certifications and the possibility to offer its customers ASI-certified products, given the appropriate upstream sourcing. Aleris’ commitment to sustainability in the aluminium value chain is important, considering its reach into several key downstream sectors.”
ASI’s Performance Standard is the product of consultations with a multitude of stakeholders throughout the aluminium value chain, which ASI asserts is the sole comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative in the aluminium sector. The certifications, which each last for three years, were audited by Bureau Veritas Certification.
Aleris Aluminum Duffel VP of Sales & Marketing Andreas Gondorf noted the difficult circumstances in which his firm achieved its certification.
“We are extremely proud of this achievement and my compliments go out to the entire team, who despite the Covid-19 restrictions and an ownership transition, stayed laser-focussed on keeping sustainability our top priority. As a founding member of ASI we share the view that ASI certification is the future standard for our industry and we are looking forward to shipping the first ASI-certified material to our customers in the coming days.”
The ASI is a worldwide organization dedicated to setting industrial standards and certifications in the aluminium industry. The association attempts to bring together the various stakeholders in the aluminium industry in order to achieve objectives including sustainable production methods, material chain-of-custody procedures, recycling, social impacts related to aluminium production, and production standards.