CHICAGO Commissioning of
Orbite Aluminae Inc.s high-purity alumina plant in
Cap-Chat, Quebec, is proceeding according to plan, with
production of customer samples "expected soon," the company
said Feb. 19.
High-purity alumina samples
should be shipped to customers in Europe, America and Asia
during the current quarter, the Montreal-based company
After additional alumina
calcinations equipment is installed in the second quarter,
production of high-purity alumina is slated to jump to 3 tonnes
per day by mid-2013 and to 5 tonnes per day by year-end from
less than 1 tonne per day, Orbite said.
Commercial production is planned
for the second quarter, with offerings including high-purity
alumina powder and granules, Orbite said. Production of gallium
and scandium oxides are also expected once a rare metal
recovery circuit is completed in mid-2013, Orbite said.
Separately, Orbite said Feb. 19
that it had issued patents in China and Russia for processes to
produce alumina from aluminous ores, bauxite and other
"The issuances of these two
patents is excellent news since China and Russia are the
largest aluminum-producing regions of the world," Orbite
president and chief executive officer Richard Boudreault said
in a statement.
Orbite holds nine patents in the
United States, Canada, Australia, China and Russia, with 31
patents pending in nine different countries, it said.