Kaiser Aluminum Corp.
, headquartered in Foothill Ranch, Calif., and the aerospace firm Boeing
, headquartered in Chicago, have announced the formation of a closed-loop scrap recycling program that is expected to involve nearly 22 million pounds of aluminum during the 2014-2015 production period.
John Byrne, vice president of Boeing Aircraft Materials and Structures, says, "Boeing is focused on reducing the environmental footprint of commercial aviation through the aircraft's lifecycle, which includes working with suppliers to increase materials recyclability and reduce manufacturing waste.”
Byrne continues, "Our collaboration with Kaiser Aluminum to capture 22 million pounds of aluminum alloy scrap for reuse in our aircraft production is a significant opportunity to make progress toward this important goal."
Kaiser, which produces semi-fabricated specialty aluminum products at a dozen facilities in North America, says that the program, its largest aluminum recycling program to date, captures 7XXX and 2XXX aluminum alloy recyclables generated at multiple Boeing facilities during production of commercial aircraft. The scrap alloys will be remelted and used in production of aerospace sheet and plate at Kaiser Aluminum's Trentwood facility in Spokane, Wash.
Kaiser Aluminum’s North American operations produce and ship more than 500 million pounds of product per year. In addition to Kaiser Aluminum’s fabrication facilities, the company also has a 49 percent ownership interest in Anglesey Aluminum, which owns and operates a secondary remelt and casting facility in Wales.
"The recycling agreement illustrates our collaborative relationship with Boeing," says Jack Hockema, Kaiser’s president, CEO and chairman. "We look forward to continuing to develop opportunities with our customers to enhance the efficiency of the overall value stream."