ALVANCE Aluminium Duffel BV has delivered the first coils certified under the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Chain of Custody standard to the Audi plant in Neckarsulm (Germany).

The ASI-badged coils will be used in the production of various models, starting with the Audi A6. Through this milestone, both companies are demonstrating their common and ongoing commitment to make concrete efforts to increase sustainability.

ALVANCE Aluminium Duffel was awarded the ASI Chain of Custody standard at the beginning of July 2020*. This certificate ensures that not only the operations at the facility in Duffel meet the ASI standards, but also that the aluminium material has been sourced and produced in a responsible and sustainable way across the entire supply chain, from the extraction of bauxite up to the finished product.

To this end ALVANCE Aluminium Duffel is working with ALVANCE Aluminium Dunkerque on exploring the potential for its sister company to supply metal for its automotive products. ALVANCE Aluminium Dunkerque is the largest smelter in Europe and produces some of the lowest carbon aluminium on the market. The smelter is also ASI accredited under the body’s Performance Standard for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. By sourcing its metal from Dunkerque, ALVANCE Aluminium Duffel strives to enhance its sustainable value chain with ASI accreditation embedded in the entire process, from smelting to rolling.

The supply of ALVANCE’s ASI-labelled aluminium coils meets Audi’s objective to build a sustainable future together with its partners by optimising all parts of its value chain. “At Audi, we believe in the power of collaborative action for sustainability. Having partners like ALVANCE is key for the implementation of ASI-certified value chains or setting up resource-efficient processes like aluminium closed loop recycling” says Mathias Kellner, head of metal purchasing at Audi.

“We are extremely proud to remain a trailblazer in establishing sustainable solutions. These first shipments of ASI-certified material are the forerunners for what will become the standard in our industry. This is another important milestone in our joint journey with our customers towards low carbon aluminium and a better future. I applaud the entire ALVANCE team for the dedication and effort invested into the successful completion of this project,” Geert Vannuffelen, General Manager at ALVANCE Aluminium Duffel said.