The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) announced yesterday the certification of Amsterdam rolled and extruded aluminium leader Constellium N.V.’s plant in Neuf-Brisach, France, under the ASI’s Performance and Chain of Custody Standards.
The certification at Constellium’s plant covers its recycling, casting, rolling, and finishing operations. The plant is one of its largest sites, capable of an annual production of 450 thousand metric tons per annum.
The Neuf-Brisach primarily serves customers in the packaging and automotive industries. It also boasts five recycling furnaces that are capable of recycling up to 150 thousand metric tons per annum.
Peter Basten, President, Packaging and Rolled Automotive Products business unit at Constellium, said that the certification is partly a response to customer demands for more sustainable production methods.
“We are very proud of this achievement. Our customers and society demand sustainable and environmentally-friendly products manufactured responsibly, and our recycling capacity coupled with this certification is a step further to respond to their demand. This certification, combined with our ambitious sustainability strategy, demonstrates our commitment to building a circular economy and to improving the overall footprint of the aluminium life cycle.”
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 GUTcert (AFNOR Group).
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI, said the certifications aided downstream buyers in sourcing more environmentally-friendly materials.
“We warmly congratulate Constellium on their dual ASI Certifications at the Neuf-Brisach plant. This plant’s feedstocks of recycled aluminium scrap make it a key starting point for downstream customers that wish to source aluminium with a reduced CO2 footprint. The ASI Certifications provide the assurance that their customers are sourcing an aluminium product that is produced responsibly, and can help extend the sustainability credentials of their customers’ products as well.”
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.
Constellium, based in Amsterdam, was founded 1855 as Henri Merle et Compagnie and subsequently renamed Pechiney in 1950. Pechiney was purchased by Alcan in 2003, which was purchased by Rio Tinto in 2007. In 2011 Rio Tinto sold Alcan Engineered Products to Apollo Management (51%) and FSI (10%). Constellium produces rolled and extruded aluminium products from various alloys, bringing in €5.9 billion of revenue in 2019.