EcoTitanium® is the first plant in Europe to produce aviation-grade titanium alloys by recycling. It will make titanium ingots from titanium alloys scrap (turnings and massive scrap) collected from major aircraft manufacturers and their subcontractors.
THE ECOTITANIUM® PROJECT
Located in Saint-Georges-de-Mons, Auvergne (France), EcoTitanium® gives the European aviation industry a new and independant source.
On Eramet subsidiary Aubert & Duval’s initiative, the new plant was made possible by technical and financial cooperation between its three shareholders: UKAD, a joint venture by Aubert & Duval and the Kazakh group UKTMP International, the French state under an investment program operated by ADEME, and the regional bank Crédit Agricole Centre France.
EcoTitanium® is a €48 million investment that will lead to the creation of more than 60 direct jobs as well as a significant number of indirect jobs. The plant started up industrially in the first half of 2017 with the launch of accreditation phases. Production will begin in 2018.
A SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
EcoTitanium®’s business is based on the setup of a circular economy:
1. aircraft manufacturers and subcontractors return scrap, which they produce in making their parts from titanium ingots, to EcoTitanium®;
2. EcoTitanium® makes new titanium alloys ingots from the recycled scrap.
This new EcoTitanium® activity illustrates Eramet's continued commitment to industrial innovation as well as social and environmental responsibility. At full capacity, EcoTitanium®’s recycling channel will prevent emission of 100,000 tons of CO2, consuming 4 times less that the conventional, ore-based production channel, particularly through the development of new technologies such as the plasma arc furnace.
A PLANT THAT GIVES THE EUROPEAN TITANIUM CHANNEL A NEW DIMENSION
In addition to its involvement in the EcoTitanium® project, Aubert & Duval, an Eramet group subsidiary, has developed Europe’s first integrated titanium channel with:
UKAD, a joint-venture by Aubert & Duval and UKTMP that forges titanium ingots;
its own plants, which make forged and closed die-forged titanium alloys parts;
MKAD, a joint-venture by Aubert & Duval et Mecachrome, which does all end-of-flow operations (machining, controls, surface treatment).
All titanium alloys scrap generated through this channel will be recycled by EcoTitanium®.