Press Releases
August 21st 2018
More than 1.3 million tonnes of metal shipped by the Aluminium Logistics Centre

SEPT-ÎLES, August 21, 2018 — Aluminerie Alouette gives a positive assessment of its Aluminium Logistics Centre (ALC) after four years of operation. Equipped with ultra-modern equipment, the infrastructure has exceeded expectations and is paving the way towards the smelter 4.0.

 

Since its opening, the 6,400-square-metre warehouse has received over 60% of Sept-Îles aluminium shipped by maritime transport. Its 14 automatic guided vehicles (veritable robot stevedores) have loaded more than 100 ships destined for the U.S. (Midwest and East Coast) and Europe (Netherlands). More specifically, 1,840,000 sows, the form in which Aluminerie Alouette produces its primary aluminium, have passed through the logistics centre since 2014.

 

Alouette’s team has learned a great deal from using the ALC. “The stability and efficiency provided by the centre enables us to explore all the ways this technology can be applied,” says manager Jean-Pierre Bérubé. In the upcoming years, employee expertise combined with artificial intelligence and technology development initiatives will increase the company’s competitiveness in an ever-changing market.

 

Operated in partnership with QSL – Northern Stevedoring Company, the ALC provides a safe work environment for employees, who mainly work from a control room. “Today, we operate a state-of-the-art centre thanks to the expertise of our women and men,” he adds.

 

To highlight this technological jewel, Aluminerie Alouette has recently published a video on its revamped website showing exclusive images from inside the ALC.

 

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About Aluminerie Alouette
Inaugurée en 1992, Aluminerie Alouette est une entreprise indépendante de production d’aluminium.
Avec ses 900 employés, elle est le plus important employeur privé de Sept-Îles.
Sa capacité de production annuelle de plus de 600 000 tonnes d’aluminium de première fusion en fait la plus importante aluminerie des Amériques.
L’usine de Sept-Îles place le développement durable au cœur de ses actions.