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 said.
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 sources.
"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.