Swedish rolled aluminium firm Gränges AB’s Shanghai production facility is the latest plant to achieve certification against the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s Performance Standard. The plant’s production includes aluminium strips and plates used in automotive manufacturing applications.
ASI notes the certification’s symbol as an ongoing commitment to environmental, social, and governance responsibility. Gränges’s Shanghai plant boasts a nameplate capacity of 120 thousand metric tons per annum and is currently tooled to produce aluminium products via direct chill casting, hot rolling, cold rolling, and finishing.
“Aluminium has clear lightweighting benefits that improve the environmental performance of vehicles, and responsible production practices in automotive supply chains is similarly important,” opined ASI’s CEO Fiona Solomon. “Gränges’ Performance Standard certification demonstrates a leadership role to support and drive sustainability as an aluminium supplier to the automotive sector. We are also delighted to see that Gränges is the fourth company to achieve ASI certification of operations in China.“
Johan Menckel, Chief Executive Officer at Gränges, said the certification sets the stage for more sustainability improvements to come.
“Achieving this ASI certification is an important milestone in our sustainability commitment and ambitious sustainability agenda and it is a great recognition for our sustainability efforts. The certification verifies that our aluminium products are produced responsibly and sustainably and it is a first step towards being able to offer certified aluminium products to our customers. It also provides assurance to our customers and other stakeholders that we are committed to meet the increased sustainability requirements. We now intend to achieve certification for our other facilities, to promote responsible production and sourcing practices in the aluminium industry.”
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).