Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Group commissioned a new 22 thousand metric tons per annum remelt furnace at its Laterrière Plant in Quebec this week, boosting the plant’s recycling capacity.
The two-year, US$8.4-million project is intended to increase rolled aluminium products for North American automotive and packaging clients who are looking for low-carbon and sustainable products. In addition to sustainability, the new furnace brought seven new paid positions to the plant.
Rio Tinto Aluminium managing director Atlantic Operations Sébastien Ross said in a press release that the move was in large part a response to increased demand for sustainable aluminium solutions.
“Aluminium is 100% recyclable and the demand for recycled metal is continually growing. With the commissioning of our new remelt furnace, we are now offering our customers an additional solution to recycle scrap from their manufacturing processes and turn it into high quality, low carbon aluminium alloys. Rio Tinto will continue working closely with our customers and partners to support the transition to a circular economy.”
The new remelt furnace and the rolled aluminium recycling service it is part of operates alongside the plant’s closed-loop system for aluminium billet, which Rio Tinto brought online last year. Overall, Rio Tinto’s Canada operations are powered entirely by renewable energy derived from hydropower.