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December 6, 2007
Alcoa Expands Recycling Capability - New Expansion Will Increase Recycling Capacity by Nearly 50 Percent
Company Breaks Ground on $22 Million Project at Tennessee Can
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that it has broken ground on a new $22
million project at its Can Reclamation facility at its Tennessee
Operations. Improvements include a new crusher and delacquering furnace
and supporting building enclosures, utilities and environmental systems.
“This is an investment in our recycling
capability. Alcoa is a leader in aluminum scrap processing technology,
and this upgrade will help increase capacity using state-of-the-art
environmental and fuel efficiency technologies as well as support future
flexibility to process other aluminum scrap types,”
said Greg Wittbecker, Alcoa Director Corporate Metal Recycling Strategy.
Implementation of this project will increase UBC (used beverage can)
molten output capacity by nearly 50%. Recycling aluminum saves 95% of
the energy needed to make new cans; it can be recycled over and over
again, resulting in significant energy savings and emission reductions.
Alcoa projects it will recycle nearly 14 billion aluminum cans in 2007.
The Can Reclamation project is expected to be completed over the next 12
to 18 months.
Separately, Alcoa introduced its new, fuel efficient locomotive for
Tennessee, dubbed “Big Orange,”
because of its orange and white checkerboard, which will be used to
transport aluminum ingot. The new train has 25% more horsepower, uses
35% less fuel, and cuts down on 85% of air pollutants. It also has the
latest technological advances, such as interlock brakes for automatic
stops, horns and lights that are automatic, a GPS system, and speeds
that can be set like cruise control. A second locomotive is expected to
arrive at Tennessee Operations in 2008.
About Tennessee Operations
Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations is the world's
largest producer of rolled aluminum can sheet for beverage cans and is
based in Blount County, Tennessee. Tennessee Operations employs more
than 1,800 at its smelting and fabrication plant in Blount County, its
hydropower facilities, and its downtown Knoxville office.
Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum,
fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major
aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive,
packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and
industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other
capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum
products and components including flat-rolled products, hard alloy
extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa®
wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, structures
and building systems. The company has 116,000 employees in 44 countries
and has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the
world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More
information can be found at www.alcoa.com.