Gränges Joins Aluminium Stewardship Initiative

Gränges Joins Aluminium Stewardship Initiative
Intermediate flat store with force cooling. Source: Gränges AB

Swedish rolled aluminium firm Gränges AB announced yesterday that it is the newest member of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), joining the standards body earlier this month.

In joining ASI, Gränges will begin work on achieving certification against the ASI Performance Standard for at minimum one facility or product within the first two years of membership. Gränges has not yet publicly identified the portion of their business they intend to bring to ASI standards.

Gränges’ CEO Johan Menckel pointed out the similarity of his firm’s sustainability aims to those promoted by ASI.

“In all things we do, we have a strong focus on sustainability as an integrated part of our business. We strive to minimize the environmental impacts of our operations, uphold ethical business practices and provide a safe and good work environment. Our technical expertise in material properties and performance helps customers and the whole value chain to improve its sustainability performance. We support ASI’s commitment to promote greater sustainability and transparency in the aluminium value chain.”

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 1,000 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 an annual sales total of SEK10 billion (US$1.09 billion).