NEW YORK Orbite Aluminae
Inc. started shipping commercial samples of high-purity alumina
(HPA) this week from its new plant in Cap-Chat, Quebec, to
customers in North America, Asia and Europe, the Montreal-based
The company, which produces
alumina from aluminous clay rather than traditional bauxite,
said it has received more than 25 confirmed orders for HPA
samples from global customers looking to test the newly
developed product before submitting purchase orders for
"This is a very important
milestone for Orbite as it signals our official entry into the
global high-purity alumina market," president and chief
executive officer Richard Boudreault said in a statement.
Orbite Aluminae commissioned the
HPA plant in February, saying at the time that it expected to
begin to ship samples before the end of the first quarter (
amm.com, Feb. 20).
The company is also planning to build an aluminum
smelter-grade alumina plant, with a feasibility study on the
project slated for completion by the end of 2013.