Pittsburgh, PA., April 20, 2021 – American Zinc Products (AZP), a subsidiary of American Zinc Recycling LLC, has successfully completed two industrial-scale trials for the production of Continuous Galvanizing Grade (CGG) zinc.
CGG zinc, a zinc-aluminum alloy, reduces zinc losses and improves the surface finish of galvanized steel products, produced from the continuous galvanizing process. The high purity, and particularly low lead content, of zinc produced by AZP, makes it ideal to produce high-quality CGG zinc.
“We continue to be pleased with the progress being made at AZP, as we continue our ramp up 13 months after start-up. We have now achieved another milestone for the operation, as we now have the capability to produce both Specialty High Grade and Continuous Galvanizing Grade zinc,” said Joel Hawthorne, CEO of American Zinc Recycling.
The initial trial volume is seeing favorable market acceptance and cleared the way for the installation of a permanent CGG zinc production line at AZP. Once facility updates are complete, AZP will have access to a large market for CGG zinc in North America. According to the International Zinc Association, protecting steel against corrosion is the most important market for zinc and represents 60% of use worldwide. AZP’s combined capacity for CGG and Special High Grade (SHG) zinc is 155,000 tons per annum.
Hawthorne added, “AZR continues to provide a mission-critical service to our electric arc furnace customers by recycling in an environmentally friendly way a hazardous material generated in their process and returning a highly valuable end-product to those same customers, We are proud to have a key role in the drive for sustainable manufacturing that is exemplified by the steel recycling industry.”
AZP, located in Rutherford County, N.C., is one of only two zinc producers in the United States and is forecast to produce about 15 percent of total zinc consumption in the country once fully ramped up.
About American Zinc Recycling:
American Zinc Recycling LLC is the leading provider of environmental services to the U.S. steel industry. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., American Zinc Recycling LLC through its operating subsidiaries employs approximately 700 people and has six state-of-the-art facilities throughout the U.S. Visit azr.com for more information. Its subsidiary American Zinc Recycling Corp. takes zinc-bearing steel mill dust, a hazardous waste that would otherwise be disposed of in landfills, and recycles it using their Waelz kiln technology into Waelz Oxide (WOX), a zinc-based feed that it uses to produce zinc metal at the Rutherford County facility. Coupled with the work of subsidiary INMETCO, a leading recycler of stainless steel dust and household batteries, AZR is the largest hazardous waste recycler in the United States.
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