California semi-fabricated specialty aluminium producer Kaiser Aluminum’s Warrick rolling mill achieved provisional certification by the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI) against its Performance Standard.
The Warrick rolling mill’s new certification covers Ingot casting centers, rolling mills, and finishing production centers located at the site. The plant is one of only a quartet of aluminium rolling mills remaining on the continent, and it produces 310 thousand metric tons of flat rolled aluminium for use in the food and beverage packaging sector.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI congratulated Kaiser on the achievement.
“We warmly congratulate Kaiser Aluminum for achieving ASI Performance Standard Certification. The acquisition of the Warrick Operations has provided Kaiser Aluminum with entry into the North American aluminium packaging industry, an end market with a strong focus on sustainability. We look forward to increasing growth of ASI Certifications in the United States’ aluminium sector.”
Keith A. Harvey, President and Chief Executive Officer, noted the importance of the certification to the site and his firm.
“This is a very important milestone for our Warrick facility and for our customers, as we continue to support the growing sustainability trends and secular shift to aluminum in the beverage and food packaging industry. At Kaiser Aluminum, we recognize that long-term excellence requires sustainable practices. Achieving the ASI certification reflects our commitment as a strong and proactive member of the industry to foster improvement in sustainability and promote responsible and sustainable practices throughout the aluminum value chain.”
An audit of the certification was undertaken remotely by ERM CVS. The provisional status of the certification will be lifted once travel to the site is possible in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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.