Sapa's Extrusion Americas Unit Tops 200 Million Pounds of Recycled Aluminum in 2009
LINTHICUM, Md.--Sapa Extrusions' Americas unit has reported that it recycled more than 207 million pounds of scrap aluminum in 2009. Of this total, nearly 20 percent consisted of post-consumer waste; the balance was post-industrial waste, the company said. Sapa remelts the scrap at its facilities in Phoenix, Ariz., St. Augustine, Fla., and Monett, Mo., where it is combined with primary (virgin) aluminum using proprietary Sapa technology to produce the aluminum billet required for new extruded products for its customers. These new products average more than 70 percent recycled content, yet they show no loss in strength or other performance characteristics, according to Sapa.
"Although our total 2009 recycling volume was flat compared to the previous year, we're still pleased," said Lynn Brown, Extrusion Americas' senior vice president for sales and marketing. "The scrap market was very soft due to the recession, yet we still hit our goal for over 70 percent recycled content. That success fits with our global corporate mission to provide our customers with environmentally compatible products."
Their high levels of recycled content put Sapa's aluminum extrusions squarely in the center of trends emphasizing increased adoption and integration of eco-design and sustainability practices (see Sustainable Minds and IDSA Partner to Advance Greener Product Design, and Survey Shows Mechanical Engineers Expect Increase in Sustainable Design Work). Sapa's aluminum extrusions are of interest to designers and engineers seeking to incorporate sustainability into their product designs, and can be particularly appealing to industries such as renewable energy, building, and hybrid auto manufacturing, the company says.
Sapa acquires scrap aluminum from a number of sources. Some of it comes from buy-back programs with its industrial customers. The post-consumer waste is purchased, and comprises used auto wheels, wire, old window frames, and other aluminum products that would otherwise end up in America's landfills.
Sapa's Extrusion Americas (www.sapagroup.com/na) is a unit of Sapa AS,a 50/50 joint venture owned equally by Orkla ASA and Hydro ASA. In North America, Sapa provides supply sourcing, extrusion, finishing, and fabrication of components, as well as engineering and contract manufacturing services, for a variety of industries.
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