Québec’s eight aluminium smelters cumulate an annual production of 2.8 million tons of first fusion aluminium with the lowest carbon footprint in the world.
The international notoriety of Québec’s aluminium industry is based on the presence of primary producers such as Alcoa, Alouette and Rio Tinto. They are located in the following regions: Capitale-Nationale, Centre-du-Québec, Côte-Nord, Montérégie and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
For a majority of common uses, pure primary aluminium has to be alloyed to optimize its characteristics depending on the final intended use. The casting centers found in Québec’s aluminium smelters produces lamination, foundry and recasting ingots, billets, plaques and rods in a myriad of alloys and shapes. This is the first processing of aluminium.