The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) announced last week the certification of AMAG Austria Metall AG’s plant in Ranshofen, Austria against its ASI Chain of Custody Standard Certification.
AMAG’s Ranshofen plant is the third of the company’s operations to be certified by ASI under its Performance Standard, which took place exactly two years ago this month. The new certification covers its aluminium remelting/recycling, casting, and rolling activities.
ASI’s CEO Fiona Solomon lauded the firm for its new certification, noting the importance of the new certification to the plant’s customers.
“We warmly congratulate AMAG on their ASI Chain of Custody Certification. Having a scrap utilisation rate of 75-80 % already gives the plant a good foundation for offering a relatively low-carbon product to their downstream customers and supports the circular economy. With their dual certification now in place, this gives their aluminium outputs additional sustainability credentials that will add important value to the key downstream sectors that they supply.”
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 S.A.
AMAG CEO Gerald Mayer said this certification was the natural result of his firm’s sustainability modifications already taken.
“Sustainability is of essential importance for the company’s long-term success. AMAG has already been focusing on responsible and resource-conserving production for decades. The ASI Chain of Custody Certification is the next logical step along this path.”
The Ranshofen plant produces a wide variety of aluminium products, with buyers in several sectors, including aircraft, architecture, automotive and transportation, packaging, sporting goods, and other industrial applications. ASI notes its robust recycling program and its focus on developing a closed-loop system for aluminium.
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.