The responsible use of raw materials along the value chain forms an integral element of corporate policy. For AMAG, this means greater resource efficiency and the conservation of non-renewable resources for future generations.

Recycling

AMAG is a specialist in aluminum recycling. Aluminum scrap is one of the most economically valuable secondary raw materials. Above all, the low energy consumption, which, depending on the scrap used, is only 5 - 10% compared to primary production, proves the sustainability of aluminum recycling. The most important raw material used at the Ranshofen site is aluminum scrap.

The recycling efficiency depends heavily on the quality of the scrap and the scrap processing expertise. The exceptionally high proportion of recycling in combination with the wide range of processed scrap types is only possible through extensive knowledge of the material, coordinated production processes and the long-standing recycling competence of the employees.

In order to ensure optimum scrap utilisation, AMAG has consequently realised considerable investments in plant technology, furnace technology, residual material management and scrap processing. Central measures include:

  • Expanding recycling capacities and expertise in the scrap sorting area
  • Expansion of closed-loop relationships with customers
  • Expansion of the supplier base in Europe

In 2020, the utilisation of scrap (purchased external scrap and recycling scrap from our own production) amounted to around 289,300 tonnes (2019: 364,600 tonnes). This corresponds to a scrap utilisation rate of 78 %.

Raw materials

AMAG’s activities in Ranshofen on the topic of raw materials comprise:

  • The purchasing of primary aluminium, rolling slabs and primary scrap in the Metal Division
  • The purchasing of aluminium scrap and alloying metals, the recycling of aluminium scrap and
  • the production of recycling cast alloys and rolling slabs in the Casting Division

AMAG has committed itself to the responsible sourcing of raw materials. The "Responsible Sourcing" process is carried out for all of AMAG’s major suppliers and service providers (including scrap, primary metal, rolling slab and alloy metal suppliers, as well as energy suppliers and service providers).

The "Compliance rules for AMAG suppliers" document forms the basis for supplier requirements and can be accessed on the AMAG website. All key suppliers and service providers must take note of and comply with the "Compliance rules for AMAG suppliers", which include environmental, social and corporate governance criteria.

In the reporting period, a total of 165,100 tonnes of aluminium scrap were purchased in various forms from external third parties. In the external procurement of raw materials, the recyclable material aluminium scrap plays a dominant role with a share of 57 %.

AMAG is a founding member of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), which was launched in 2012. This is an association of various stakeholders in the aluminium industry with the aim of making the production of aluminium as sustainable as possible. To this end, an independent, objective certification system has been developed that covers all steps from raw material extraction, through production and use, to the recycling of aluminium.

In 2018, AMAG became the first integrated recycling, foundry alloy and rolling mill location to successfully undergo certification in accordance with the Performance Standard. The company will now continue along this path with the preparations for certification according to the Chain of Custody Standard.

Two standards form the core of the ASI certification program: the "ASI Performance Standard" (certification of sites or activities) and the "Chain of Custody Standard" (product chain certification). In order to achieve and maintain certification, audits are conducted by authorised external auditors.

Sustainability and innovation are key factors for the company's future success. The ASI Chain of Custody certification (ASI CoC certification for short) in September 2020 is therefore another logical step in this direction. ASI CoC Standard sets out requirements for establishing a responsible aluminium supply chain. All steps in the value chain, from the production from bauxite and secondary aluminium through to processing and on to the finished product are encompassed. The certification affirms that primary and secondary aluminium used by AMAG, along with its internal processes, comply with the standard's sustainability requirements, and AMAG is now able to offer cast and rolled products as ASI-certified aluminium as well. ASI certified primary aluminium and rolling slabs are additionally purchased by AMAG from its upstream suppliers. In this context, all steps are subject to stringent ASI criteria, from the bauxite mine through to the refinery and onto melting and casting. The approach therefore offers an independent guarantee for responsible production and procurement of aluminium.

 

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Since the 2017 reporting year, we have published a summarized non-financial statement in our management report, thereby fulfilling our reporting obligation in accordance with the Sustainability and Diversity Improvement Act (NaDiVeG). It summarizes the essential information for AMAG on the five required aspects of environmental issues, employee issues, social issues, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery.

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