Construction cost: $49 million
Production: continuous cast aluminum rod
Port facilities: Bécancour
Certifications: ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004
Economic benefits for Québec: $36 million invested in wages, taxes and goods and services, including nearly $13 million in the surrounding region.
Inaugurated in 1992, the Bécancour Rod Plant is located in the Québec heartland, close to the St. Lawrence River and to major road and rail networks that provide access to global markets. It continuously produces pure aluminum or aluminum alloy rod, primarily for electric cable and magnetic wire manufacturers, and for steel mills around the world.
The plant produces pure and alloy-based rod from molten metal (100% liquid) sourced from the Bécancour Smelter.
The Rod Plant operates a Properzi rolling mill that is fully automated, from the initial pour to metal preparation to weighing the spools. Thanks to its capacity for continuous casting and the versatility of its employees, the plant can produce up to 12.5 metric tons of pure aluminum or aluminum alloy rod every hour.
The plant generates minimal air emissions. Its metal purification, and slag and wastewater treatment processes meet all environmental standards. In addition, the Bécancour Rod Plant uses lower environmental impact energy sources, namely hydroelectricity and natural gas. Its waste management initiatives focus on maximizing recycling.