Greener aluminium for growing industries
GFG Alliance has a growth strategy in aluminium as a core product in its portfolio and sees an opportunity in adding value to aluminium for the benefit of customers and communities.
The GFG Alliance’s vision for re-establishing metals manufacturing in the UK recently resulted in the rebirth of the British Aluminium brand. With the support of the Scottish Government, the Alliance acquired the last primary aluminium smelter in the country, based in Fort William. The facility currently manufactures 48,000 tonnes of slab and sow every year and is powered by hydropower and biofuel energy, making it one of the greenest metal production plants in the world.
In addition to serving the international market with semi-finished aluminium, the Alliance is also investing to upgrade the smelter and has recently been granted planning permission to build a brand new facility for the production of aluminium wheels. When fully constructed, the state of the art plant will be the only UK based site of this type and will manufacture products for the UK and European automotive industry.
It will complement the Alliance’s current downstream aluminium capabilities which include 4 aluminium die casting operations and an aluminium pressings facility, serving the same market.
As a further step in growing its aluminium portfolio, in January 2018 the GFG Alliance industrial arm Liberty House also agreed with Rio Tinto to acquire the largest European aluminium smelter based at Dunkirk. Plans for the smelter include both serving existing customers with aluminium slab and ingots, as well as working with all stakeholders to develop downstream manufacturing activities to serve the growing European automotive market.