Secondary aluminum smelter Alliance Metals has decided to enter the US domestic zorba market, operating out of its facility in Leighton, Alabama.
Wayne Perry, scrap buyer and plant manager for Alliance’s Leighton plant told Davis Index that the company will initially target around 4-5mn lbs (1,820-2,270mt) of zorba 95/2 for processing on a monthly basis. The company has recently bought new equipment, which can reach an output of around 15mn lbs, Perry added.
Alliance will now operate one of the handful plants in the US, which can both separate zorba and process the end product into secondary aluminum through the smelting process. Perry indicated that the company intends to produce specialty alloys such as 319.1 and 413.1 along with a few others, to begin with.