Boeing Co. and Alcoa Inc. said they have launched a "closed-loop program to significantly increase the recycling of internal aluminum aerospace alloys used during the production of Boeing airplanes."
The companies made the announcement at the Paris Air Show.
As part of the program, the companies will transport aluminum-alloy scrap material—including advanced alloys—from Boeing facilities in Auburn, Wash., and Wichita, Kan., as well as third-party processors in Auburn to Alcoa's Lafayette, Ind., facility for melting and recycling into new aerospace materials.
The program calls for recycling of 2XXX- and 7XXX-Series aluminum alloys used in the production of wing and fuselage components of Boeing airplanes. The forms will include aluminum extrusions, sheet and plate products, according to the companies.
Initially, Alcoa and Boeing said they expect to recycle approximately 8 million pounds of aluminum per year.
The new program also lays the groundwork for expansion of the effort to capture scrap from Boeing subcontractors, and to be expanded to include other aluminum scrap forms, including chips that remain after the machining of parts.
"This program will maximize the value of aluminum scrap materials throughout the supply chain while also reducing waste," said Leslie Shuman, director of supply chain for Alcoa's Aerospace, Transportation and Industrial Rolled Products.
"It also allows us to work closely with Boeing to ensure the quality and integrity of the materials we bring into our system for recycling."