Deschambault Smelter: Alcoa increases smelter capacity

Aluminerie de Deschambault: Alcoa increases foundry capacity

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An Alcoa construction project began on Friday at the Deschambault Smelter, in the Capitale-Nationale region, to increase the capacity of the casting center to create a production line small ingots. 

Built in an existing building, the $9.8 million project is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.

It comes addition to the two vertical pour shafts that are already present in the plant.

“We are working directly with a customer for the integration of this production capacity to meet specific needs on the North American market,” Kelly Thomas, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, said in a statement.

The production of small ingots will help meet customer needs for value-added products, such as alloys of foundry for the automotive industry for example.

“This project, which will enable sustainable manufacturing e value-added aluminum smelter, will contribute to the competitiveness of our existing Canadian portfolio and we are very proud of that,” added Louis Langlois, President of Alcoa Canada.

The smelter has already completed a energy infrastructure project in order to increase its production.

Recall that the plant has a nominal capacity of 287,000 metric tons of aluminum per year.