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    Elysis Completes Construction of Industrial R&D Center in Canada

    Elysis, the joint venture between Alcoa and Rio Tinto, completed the construction of its Industrial Research and Development Center in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec, Canada. “We’re proud to have reached this milestone with completing the Industrial Research and Development Center, despite the challenges of 2020 with the global pandemic,” said Vincent Christ, CEO of Elysis. “Commissioning the center will be […]

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    Shawinigan Aluminium Invests in New Recycling Center

    Shawinigan Aluminium Inc. (SAI) is currently investing US$7 million to build a new aluminum recycling center adjacent to its billet casthouse in Quebec, Canada. The closed-loop operation will recycle clean process scrap from Rio Tinto and other aluminum manufacturers in order to meet customer demand for products made with recycled aluminum. SAI’s new remelt plant will be […]

  • Figure 1. A3 Surfaces has developed an antimicrobial treatment for aluminum, which can significantly reduce the spread of bacterial or viral infections from surfaces such as door handles. (Photo: Alexan Tremblay, Les Films de La Baie.)

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    ARTICLE: Fighting the Impact of Disease with Antimicrobial Anodized Aluminum

    Hospital-acquired infections (called nosocomial infections) are a common problem, causing the deaths of around 8-12,000 people per year in Canada and around 80,000 people per year in the U.S. A3 Surfaces, a start-up based in Saguenay, Quebec, Canada, is focused on making the world a safer place by eliminating cross contamination in healthcare institutions with […]

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    Rio Tinto Working to Produce Scandium for Scandium-Aluminum Master Alloys

    Rio Tinto researchers have developed a new process to extract high purity scandium oxide — a critical mineral — from by-products generated in the production of titanium dioxide at the Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT) metallurgical operation in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada. The company is now producing high quality scandium oxide that meets market specifications […]

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    ARTICLE: Ensuring Accurate Life Cycle Analysis for Automotive Lightweighting

    By Jinlong “Marshall” Wang, Aluminum Association; Jessica Sanderson, Novelis North America; Chris Moore, Consultant for Arconic; Duncan Pitchford, Hydro North America; Jerome Fourmann, Rio Tinto North America; Karah Davenport, Stratacomm; and Kenneth Martchek, Martchek Consulting The steel industry has made sensational life cycle assessment (LCA) claims about its products in automotive lightweighting applications over comparable […]

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    Rio Tinto and STAS to Commercialize Aluminum Filtration Technology

    Rio Tinto and STAS formed an agreement to commercialize an advanced compact filtration (ACF) technology for aluminum casthouses. The aluminum filtration technology developed by Rio Tinto will now be manufactured and sold under license by equipment manufacturer STAS worldwide. “Thanks to the unique expertise of our researchers, the Arvida Research and Development Centre has a […]

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    Rio Tinto Develops New Alloy for High Strength Car Wheels

    Rio Tinto received the first order for its Revolution-Al™, a new high strength aluminum alloy developed to make lighter weight car wheels. The development of the new alloy was five years in the making, representing the company’s commitment to innovation. The project was carried out in cooperation with the company’s customers, who helped trial and test […]

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    Elysis Produces First Commercial Batch of Carbon-Free Aluminum

    Elysis, the joint venture between Alcoa and Rio Tinto, announced that is has successfully produced the first commercial batch of aluminum without any direct carbon dioxide emissions at the Alcoa Technical Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh, PA — using a breakthrough, carbon-free smelting technology. The first purchase of the aluminum was made by Apple — a major […]

  • Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister Responsible for the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region, Gervais Jacques, managing director Atlantic Operations, Rio Tinto Aluminium, Vincent Christ, CEO, ELYSIS, Jean-François Cyr, President, Alcoa Canada, and Vice President, Operations – Americas, Alcoa Aluminium, The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Josée Néron, mayor of Saguenay.

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    Elysis Starts Construction on Its Smelting Technology Research and Development Center

    Elysis, the joint venture between Rio Tinto and Alcoa, marked the start of construction on its Research and Development Center in Saguenay, Canada, where the company will develop and commercialize its inert-anode smelting technology — which is said to be able to eliminate all direct greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the aluminum smelting process. Representatives […]