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Introduces environmentally friendly Low-Carbon Aluminium to grow export markets

Alumex invests Rs 1 bn to boost capacity at Sapugaskanda facility

Hayleys Chairman and senior leadership team commissioning the manufacturing plant.  Picture by Wimal Karunathilake
Hayleys Chairman and senior leadership team commissioning the manufacturing plant. Picture by Wimal Karunathilake

Alumex PLC launched a range of Low Carbon Aluminum ‘Ozon’, following the successful Phase 1 opening of the manufacturer’s new state-of-the-art melting facility at Sapugaskanda to develop export markets. With an investment of over Rs. 1 billion, further capacity building will take place through a second phase.

“Today Alumex takes a significant step on its sustainability roadmap. We formally commissioned the low-carbon aluminium plant in Sapugaskanda and launched Ozon. Alumex has already developed world-class capabilities in product design and manufacture in compliance with global aluminium quality specifications. Over the past two years, this has led to encouraging export volume growth. We decided to invest over 1 billion rupees to set up this low carbon plant in line with Haylies Life code,” Hayleys Chairman and Chief Executive, Mohan Pandithage told the launching ceremony in Colombo recently.

“Given the predicament of the country’s economic situation, we believe it is our responsibility to step forward and lead through investment and innovation.”

Incorporating the most modern and environmentally-friendly technologies in the world, the new facility enables Alumex to produce the highest quality aluminium billets utilising just 5% of the total energy consumed in primary aluminium manufacturing from bauxite. Further automation-driven optimisations are expected to cut energy consumption up to 20%.

According to Alumex PLC Managing Director, Pramuk Dediwela, the material is expected to add new life to the Sri Lankan construction sector’s efforts to sustainably reduce its environmental and carbon footprint. Its newly launched brand for its raw material ‘Ozon’ will maintain the exporter’s commitment to the highest global quality standards.

Given the high demand from overseas buyers for Ozon billets, especially from the USA, UK, Europe and Australia markets, Low Carbon Aluminium supports us to drive increased export revenue to the country. “Our new facility supports our efforts to enable greater circularity, drastically reduce our environmental impact and energy dependence, and deliver the highest quality products in South Asia to both local and global markets.”

Alumex – which already utilises recycled metal for 50% of its raw material requirements recently, established a pilot project in the country to collect used aluminium beverage cans (UBCs) as a part of its initiative to care for the environment.

On average, it is estimated that recycling 1kg of UBCs saves up to 8 kg of bauxite, 4 kg of chemical products and 14 kWh of electricity.


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