TRIMET France puts continuous caster into operationThe vertical continuous caster at the TRIMET plant in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne produces up to 60.000 tons of rolling ingots annually.
After a test phase lasting several months, the TRIMET plant in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne put a vertical continuous caster into full operation on December 10, 2014. With an annual production capacity of around 60,000 tons of rolling ingots, the system represents a strategic addition to the product portfolio of the facility in the French Alps. Around 145,000 tons of primary aluminum is produced here annually. In addition to rolling ingots, aluminum wire for the energy and automotive industries is mainly produced by some 500 employees in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and the sister plant in Castelsarrasin, in southwestern France.
TRIMET took over the plants at the end of 2013 and has since consistently worked toward full utilization of the production capacity. The recommissioning of the continuous caster after more than five years marks an important step on the road to full utilization of the plant. Last autumn, the electrolysis production was returned to near maximum capacity with the recommissioning of production line “F.”