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:
In 2019, the utilisation of scrap (purchased including recycling scrap from our own production)amounted to around 364,600 tonnes (2018: 366,300 tonnes). This corresponds to a scrap utilisation rate of 79 %. Such scrap comprises both external scrap AMAG has purchased and internally recycled scrap.
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 external purchase of raw materials, the recyclable material aluminium scrap plays a dominant role with a share of 58 %.
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.
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.