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Apple has bought it first batch of carbon-free aluminium from Alcoa-Rio Tinto venture

By Wong Chung Wee - on 6 Dec 2019, 11:46am

Apple has bought it first batch of carbon-free aluminium from Alcoa-Rio Tinto venture

This block of aluminum was produced using the new carbon-free process. (Image source: Apple)

Apple said it has bought its first batch of commercial carbon-free aluminium from a joint venture between Alcoa and Rio Tinto, two of the world’s largest aluminium suppliers.

The aluminium is supplied by Elysis, which is the Canadian-based joint venture entity of the two aluminium suppliers. Together with Apple and the governments of Canadian and Quebec, Elysis was started last year in October to the tune of CAD$188 million.

According to CNBC, the metal supply will be shipped from an Alcoa research facility in Pittsburgh, United States, and will be used to manufacture undisclosed Apple products. Apple uses aluminium to manufacture a whole host of its hardware that includes iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, and Mac computers. Last year, the company launched its MacBook Air series that’s made from recycled aluminium.

In its continued commitment to be an environment-friendly manufacturer, Apple will also explore ways with aluminium suppliers to commercialize a new smelting process that releases only oxygen as a by-product by 2024.

Apple is known for its environmental consciousness, from its iPhone recycling robot, clean energy sources, and its promise to use recycled raw materials.

Source: CNBC