The prototypes will be tested by Rusal’s Siberian facilities in September.

GAZ engineering division specialists are developing a pot crust breaking machine, metal handling trucks, alumina loading machines, and a stud cleaning unit.

The project is a part of the large-scale modernisation programme held at Rusal’s operations and provides for the utilisation of advanced machinery and equipment for the process automation and labour productivity improvement purposes.

The implementation of the joint project will enable RUSAL to upgrade the aluminium production process in terms of safety and efficiency. The new prototypes will be tested at the Novokuznetsk, Krasnoyarsk and Bratsk smelters.

Following the testing of the prototypes, the company will consider buying the new machines for all of its smelters. One of the possible options is to launch the manufacturing of the machines directly at Rusal’s sites.