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Alcoa, Boeing set up closed-loop recycle system

Keywords: Tags  Alcoa, Boeing, aluminum, recycling, aerospace, closed-loop, Leslie Shuman, Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — Boeing Co. and Alcoa Inc. have formed a closed-loop program to help increase the recycling of aluminum aerospace alloys.

The program, which has been in the works for more than a year (, 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 Alcoa’s 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 airplanes.

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 Alcoa’s 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.

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