Constellium Fires Up New High-Tech Aluminium Recycling Furnace at Alabama Plant

Constellium Fires Up New High-Tech Aluminium Recycling Furnace at Alabama Plant
Hot Line at the Muscle Shoals plant. Source: Constellium

Dutch rolled and extruded aluminium firm Constellium N.V. debuted a new recycling furnace at its facility at Muscle Shoals, Alabama on Tuesday.

According to the firm the new, fully-operational furnace will boost its aluminium recycling capacity by 170 million pounds, or roughly 5.2 billion more used aluminium beverage cans per annum. This added capacity means that the Alabama facility is now capable of recycling 20 billion aluminium beverage cans a year, which is roughly one-fifth of the total number of aluminium beverage cans sold in the United States.

Constellium expects that the furnace, which meets the Best Available Control Technology (BACT) environmental requirements, will boost the safety, efficiency, and environmental impact of the plant.

“This new furnace is a major step for our Muscle Shoals facility, great news for our customers and an exciting step forward in our commitment to promote recycling and sustainability,” explained the president and CEO of Constellium’s Muscle Shoals plant, Mike Tanchuk. “This increased recycling capacity will enable us to better leverage aluminium’s infinite recyclable properties.”

“I am proud of the team who delivered this state-of-the-art equipment,” said plant manager Joe Pampinto. “The furnace is now fully operating and this added recycling capacity will increase the molten metal supply required for customer deliveries.”

The Muscle Shoals recycling facility, dubbed Element 13 in reference to aluminium’s place on the periodic table, is among the largest aluminium recycling plants on Earth. It is capable of recycling aluminium at both the end-of-life stage and as scrap, contributing to the firm’s campaign to close the loop in the beverage can market.

Constellium, based in Amsterdam, was founded in 2011 when Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto sold Alcan Engineered Products to Apollo Management (51%) and FSI (10%). The firm produces rolled and extruded aluminium products from various alloys. The firm brought in €3.7 billion of revenue in 2014.