Remelt capacity expanded

Paul Boughton

Sapa Profiles UK Ltd is investing in the remelt facilities at its Tibshelf, Derbyshire, UK, plant. The cost of this expansion is £5.4m and will raise capacity from 17k tonnes to 35k tonnes, making Sapa UK 60 percent self-sufficient for raw material billet supplies. The investment is aimed at providing first class consistent billet quality, thus ensuring the highest levels of profile quality to their customers. The ability to cast a full range of commercial alloys will also re-enforce the companies commitment to reduced lead times and flexibility of supply.

Environmental considerations are another part of the investment ethos, as recycling is the 'cornerstone' of aluminium's sustainability. Recycling aluminium saves up to 95 percent of the energy required for primary aluminium production. All Sapa customers are invited to take part in the recycling program and Sapa are more than happy to discuss the taking back of any scrap arising from customer processing.

This investment comes on the back of the £6 million spent by Sapa over the past two years on a new extrusion press line at Tibshelf, a recently built fabrication centre at Cheltenham, and the newly-acquired Redditch Application Centre, where customers and designers have the opportunity to make their products a reality utilising CAD and 3D software tools.

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Sapa Profiles UK Limited is based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK.

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