The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) and Swedish rolled aluminium firm Gränges AB announced earlier this week that the firm’s Finspång AB plant in Sweden has been provisionally certified against the ASI’s Performance Standard for responsible aluminium production.
The plant has been operating for just shy of a century, designing and manufacturing rolled strip and sheet aluminium for the automotive sector.
ASI granted the plant its Provisional Certification under the ASI Interim Policy regarding Audits, Audit-Related Travel and Coronavirus.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI, said that the certification was proof positive of the firm’s commitment to sustainability.
“We warmly congratulate Gränges on achieving ASI Performance Standard Certification with Provisional status at their Finspång plant, now the company’s second certified operation. The rolled products for heat exchanger materials that the plant produces play a central role in the thermal management of today’s electric and hybrid vehicles. Gränges’ ASI Certifications demonstrate to their automotive customers that the company is committed to responsible production.”
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 DNV GL.
Torbjörn Sternsjö, Gränges President Europe, said that the certification is a significant milestone for his firm.
“Achieving this ASI certification is an important milestone in our ambitious sustainability agenda and an important achievement in our work to constantly develop a broader and more sustainable customer offering. The certification verifies that our aluminium products are produced responsibly and sustainably and provides assurance to our customers and other business partners that we are committed to meeting their increased sustainability requirements and demand for sustainable aluminium. This is a first step towards being able to offer ASI certified aluminium.”
“We constantly develop and broaden our sustainable customer offering and work to create financial and operational value throughout the life-cycle of aluminium,” noted Gränges CEO Johan Menckel. “The ASI is a very important industry initiative which enables us to promote and drive responsible and sustainable practices along the aluminium value chain. We now have certifications in place for two of our sites, and we will continue to achieve certification for our other sites.”
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.
Begun in 1873 in Stockholm, Sweden as Trafik AB Grängesberg-Oxelösund, Gränges AB was resurrected in 2013 as a private company specializing in rolled aluminium heat exchangers. It employs almost 1,800 employees at the present time at two plants – one in Finspång, Sweden, that opened in its present configuration in 1972, and a second in Shanghai, China, opened in 1996. The firm boasts a total nameplate capacity of 420 thousand metric tons per annum and an annual sales total of SEK13 billion (US$1.35 billion).