Alcoa inc. and Boeing Co. have formed a program to increase aluminum recycling used in the production of Boeing airplanes.
The Pittsburgh-based Alcoa said in a news release that with the Chicago-based Boeing they formed a closed-loop program to increase the recycling of internal aluminum aerospace alloys used in Boeing planes. The program will entail intermodal transport of aluminum alloy scrap material, including advanced alloys, from Boeing facilities as well as third-party processors to Alcoa's Lafayette, Ind., facility for melting and recycling into new aerospace materials.
The companies expect the program initially to recycle about 8 million pounds of aluminum. The program also provides the potential to expand the capturing of scrap from Boeing sub-contractors, and it can grow to include other aluminum scrap forms.