Rio Tinto launches new aluminum alloys to support recycling

AFS Corporate Member Rio Tinto is introducing a new family of unique aluminum alloys designed to allow North American diecasters to increase their use of recycled content in the production of automotive parts. The new alloy series has been developed for high pressure vacuum diecasters to mix with their own scrap and recycled cleaned crushed wheels. As an alternative to buying lower grade secondary remelt ingots, the final blend will cost less, have a lower carbon footprint, and meet stringent industry standards.

“Our focus is on working with customers to deliver high quality products that meet their needs,” said Tolga Egrilmezer, Rio Tinto Aluminum vice president of sales and marketing. “We have developed this new series of alloys to help diecasters not only produce the highest quality automotive parts, but also enhance their competitiveness and contribution to a more sustainable, circular economy.”

With expertise provided through its Arvida Research and Development Center, Rio Tinto has the capacity to produce up to 100,000 metric tons of the new alloy series per year.