Trade group Aluminium Stewardship Initiative announced this week the certification of the Magna BDW technologies GmbH Markt Schwaben plant in Germany under the ASI’s Performance Standard Certification with a focus on Material Stewardship.
The ASI certification covers the plant’s light metal vacuum die casting development and manufacture of modules and systems for the automotive industry. The plant’s primary activities include high pressure aluminum casting of automobile body structure components, such as pillars, shock towers, and floor rails, among others. Magna uses the high-pressure casting process to produce complex shapes with a high product durability and efficient integration with mating components.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said in a press release that the plant was an example of aluminium’s contribution to a circular economy.
“We warmly congratulate Magna BDW technologies on achieving ASI Performance Standard Certification at its Markt Schwaben plant. In contrast to traditional automotive body structure design and manufacture, the castings produced here accomplish the same function with less variability and mass, along with light weighting, and quality advantages. The ASI Performance Standard Certification demonstrates that the company uses its product design, scrap management and recycling strategy to maximise aluminium’s circularity properties.”
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 SZI GmbH.
Markus Wimmer, General Manager at Magna BDW technologies said the certification was part of the firm’s larger commitment to responsible production.
“We want to produce our products responsibly and conscientiously, so sustainability is an integral part of our business strategy. With the successful ASI certification we have an additional confirmation that we are taking the right actions.”
The ASI is a worldwide organization dedicated to setting industrial standards and certifications in the aluminium industry. The association brings 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.