Trade group Aluminium Stewardship Initiative announced the provisional certification of OETINGER Aluminium’s Weißenhorn and Neu-Ulm plants in Germany against its Performance Standard for sustainable aluminium production.
Based in Germany, OETINGER Aluminium recycles scrap and remelts it into liquid and solid aluminium alloys used in casting houses for products sold to automotive makers, mechanical engineering firms, and buyers in the electrical industry.
ASI will remove provisional status once travel conditions and coronavirus-related issues abate and inspectors are able to conduct a thorough on-site visit and inspection.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI, lauded OETINGER on its accomplishment in a related press release.
“We warmly congratulate OETINGER Aluminium on achieving ASI Performance Standard Certification with Provisional status. The company is an essential link in the value chain, providing recycling concept, logistics, the processing of waste metal, chips, and other scrap back into high quality alloys through smelting and refining and finally, delivery of materials needed to make new products. Further, its focus on delivery of liquid metal means additional energy savings by avoiding their customers’ need for remelting. The company’s ASI Certification now also shows its commitment to operating in a responsible manner and continual improvement.”
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).
Lubomir Pajonk, Managing Director of OETINGER Aluminium, said that the certification is proof of his firm’s commitment to sustainability.
“We are proud of our team, our colleagues, who made a successful certification of the ASI Performance Standard possible. This commits us not only as a member of the family of companies with this standard but also for the future steps we are preparing. Sustainability, renewability and circular economy should be our goal and direction. OETINGER Aluminium is now 75 years old and that is a lot of experience, but the road ahead is full of challenges, commitments and a responsible approach to a future we look forward to and want to support in savings not only in CO2 but in carbon footprint reduction as well.”
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.