NEW YORK Boeing Co. and Alcoa Inc. have formed a
closed-loop program to help increase the recycling of aluminum
The program, which has been in the works for more than a year
(amm.com, March 29, 2012), involves the intermodal transport of
aluminum alloy scrap, including advanced alloys, from Boeing
facilities in Auburn, Wash., and Wichita, Kan., as well as
third-party processors in Auburn, to Alcoas facility in
Lafayette, Ind., for melting and recycling into new aerospace
materials, Alcoa said. The closed-loop program calls for the
recycling of 2000- and 7000-series aluminum alloys used in
manufacturing wing and fuselage components for Boeing
Approximately 8 million pounds of aluminum is expected to be
recycled annually, Alcoa said.
This program will maximize the value of aluminum scrap
materials throughout the supply chain while also reducing
waste, Leslie Shuman, supply chain director for
Alcoas Aerospace, Transportation and Industrial Rolled
Products, said in a statement.
It also allows us to work closely with Boeing to ensure
the quality and integrity of the materials we bring into our
system for recycling.
Alcoa produces primary and fabricated aluminum, mines bauxite
and refines alumina. Chicago-based Boeing is one of the largest
global airplane manufacturers.