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Aluminium and the environment

Our business is aluminium. It is a corrosion-resistant material with a unique combination of characteristics and technical benefits.

We believe that aluminium curtain walling, doors, windows and facades provide the most suitable visual and technical solutions for today's buildings. With its low weight, high strength and endless design possibilities, our commitment is to develop systems that enhance the built environment through simple fabrication.

In this context, the word environment does not just mean the "green" credentials of the product, but also its contribution to the quality of the built environment. The depth of thought and commitment to these aspects can be found throughout our design and manufacturing activities, from economy of materials to waste processing to recycling.

We are committed to helping the building industry meet the targets set out in the Kyoto Protocol concerning the reduction of CO2 emissions from all buildings. We develop advanced product designs using the latest technology, thereby ensuring compliance with relevant building regulations both now and in the future.

Why aluminium?

The characteristics of aluminium make it an ideal material for construction. It is light, strong, durable and requires minimal maintenance. It is flexible and easy to handle, thus giving it tremendous potential in terms of design. It can be curved, tapered, extruded and cut to the most challenging and dynamic geometries. Where it is cut, the metal's innate resistance to corrosion means that the trimmed edge does not need to be protected. It can be finished in a vast range of colors through powder coating or anodizing.

Our expertise in profile design means that we have a huge and fully integrated product range that provides visually stunning yet cost-effective solutions to almost any application from a domestic conservatory to a high-rise building envelope. With the earliest installations of aluminium in construction still standing, after well over 100 years, it is evident that the light metal is a genuinely "long life" product. However, when it does come to the end of its life, recycling is easy, energy efficient and complete. 

Recycling

Recycling comes from two prime sources; scrap material from the production process and used material from products that have been removed or replaced. The life cycle of aluminium is such that end-of-use products are rare, however, almost all pre-production scrap is recycled.

Sapa recycles tens of thousands of metric tons of aluminium annually. Only a small percentage of metal is lost during the actual recycling process, becoming aluminium oxide, which is a natural part of our environment.

The recycling process itself only needs about 5 percent of the energy requirement used in the production of primary aluminium.

The purpose of recycling is clear: We want to make the most of our resources.

Updated: 2013-06-13