June 20, 2013
Boeing and Alcoa Form ‘Closed-Loop’ Program To Boost Recycling of Aluminum Aerospace Alloys
Program Also Lays Framework to Expand Recycling to Broader Supply Chain and All Forms of Aluminum
Boeing and Alcoa (NYSE: AA) today announced they have formed a closed-loop program to significantly increase the recycling of internal aluminum aerospace alloys used during the production of Boeing airplanes. The announcement was made at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France.
The closed loop recycling program will entail inter-modal transport of aluminum alloy scrap material, including advanced alloys, from Boeing facilities in Auburn and Wichita as well as third-party processors in Auburn to Alcoa’s Lafayette, Indiana facility for melting and recycling into new aerospace materials. The program calls for recycling of 2XXX and 7XXX-series aluminum alloys used in the production of wing and fuselage components of Boeing airplanes. The forms will include aluminum extrusions, sheet and plate products. At the outset, approximately 8 million pounds of aluminum is expected to be recycled annually.
The new program also lays the groundwork for expansion of the effort to capture scrap from Boeing sub-contractors, and to be expanded to include other aluminum scrap forms, including chips that remain after the machining of parts.
“This program will maximize the value of aluminum scrap materials throughout the supply chain while also reducing waste,” said Leslie Shuman, Director of Supply Chain for Alcoa’s Aerospace, Transportation and Industrial Rolled Products. “It also allows us to work closely with Boeing to ensure the quality and integrity of the materials we bring into our system for recycling.”
Alcoa has been a leader in recycling of aluminum since it helped create the modern-day aluminum industry in 1888. Aluminum, unlike other materials, is infinitely recyclable and doesn’t lose any of its characteristics or durability when recycled. In fact, approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in use today.
Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the eleventh consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa is present in Latin America and the Caribbean where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees. This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.
In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil.
In the same year it was considered a benchmark in sustainability, being one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide], besides being recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work for the eleventh consecutive year and Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at www.alcoa.com.br and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at twitter.com/AlcoaBrasil and follow Alcoa on Facebook at facebook.com/AlcoaBrasil