Rio Tinto invests in a new aluminum recycling center in Arvida

SAGUENAY, Quebec–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rio Tinto is investing US$29 million (C$35 million) to build a new aluminum recycling facility at its Arvida plant in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, to expand its offering of low-carbon aluminum solutions for customers in the automotive, packaging and construction markets.

The facility will make Rio Tinto the first primary aluminum producer in North America to incorporate recycled post-consumer aluminum into aluminum alloys.

Clean aluminum scrap locally sourced from used vehicles and building materials will be remelted to produce recycled content for use in aluminum billets at the Arvida smelter as well as other products at the Quebec facilities of Rio Tinto.

Sébastien Ross, Managing Director Atlantic Operations of Rio Tinto Aluminium, said: “Investing in new recycling facilities at Arvida is another step in our strategy to expand our low carbon aluminum product offering and integrate the circular economy in our value chain. This will allow us to continue to meet our customers’ growing demand for responsible, traceable and responsible products.

The recycling center is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2024 and will have an initial capacity of 30,000 tonnes per year. Construction will begin in the coming months, with a reflow oven equipped with regenerative burners and an automated scrap loading system to be installed in an existing building at the Arvida plant.

The project should generate 30 million Canadian dollars in economic spinoffs in Quebec and create a dozen new permanent jobs at the Arvida plant.

Note to Editors

Rio Tinto is an industry leader in responsible aluminum production, with operations in Canada powered by 100% renewable hydroelectric energy. In 2021, the company commissioned a new remelting furnace at its Laterrière plant to recycle aluminum scrap from its internal operations and manufacturing customers to produce rolling ingots for the automotive industries. and packaging. In 2020, Rio Tinto partnered with Shawinigan Aluminum to offer its customers a closed-loop recycling solution to complement its low-carbon billet production.

In addition, ELYSIS, Rio Tinto’s partnership with Alcoa supported by Apple and the governments of Canada and Quebec, continues the development of a revolutionary new smelting technology to produce aluminum without direct greenhouse gas emissions. .

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