Gardanne Plant - Alteo headquarters and calcined alumina production facility.
There from the beginning – the world’s first Bayer Plant
- Built in 1893, it is the world’s largest producer of specialty alumina.
- The plant capacity is 635kT per year
- The main products are aluminium trihydroxide and calcined aluminas.
- Hydrate can be supplied coarse (wet or dry) or fine
- Aluminas supplied include calcined (normal and low soda), ground and superground
- In 2012 sales exceeded 460kt for a turnover in excess of 210M€
- Over 90 different products are shipped globally to more than 350 customers located at nearly 600 delivery sites
- Major markets are ceramics, refractories, glass, chemicals, feedstock and flame retardants with particularly strong presence in applications such as LCD glass, automotive ceramics, tiles, monolithic refractories
- At the site there are nearly 400 employees with over 250 subcontractors. It is home to the R&D group, as well as commercial and technical applications teams.
- The plant is a major contributor to the local economy; as an employer, as a user of the Port of Marseille, as a user of rail freight to import around 3000T of bauxite daily and user of other logistic services to ship more than 1200T of product daily.
- Certification: ISO9001 (Quality), ISO14001 (Environment) and OHSAS 18001 (Health and Safety)
- Investments have been made in plant and people – product grinding and storage facilities, installation of six-sigma and lean management systems
- Investments have been made to reduce environmental emissions – CO2, dust and SO2
- Investments have been made to sustain the business and stop rejection of bauxite residues to sea by 2016 – through installation of a filter press, with another, much larger one, in progress and the development of the Bauxaline product line.
For further details of these facts please consult the following other sections:
World of alumina – production processes and products
News – for updates on investments, new products and organizational developments.
Gardanne Plant by night
1893: Société française de l’alumine pure (SFAP) created the first Bayer alumina plant in the world built and located in Gardanne due to proximity to coal and bauxite
1950: Compagnie Pechiney formed
1950s: Plant conversion to continuous process
1985: Acquisition of Reynolds low-soda technology
Mid 80s: Start of rapid rise in non-metallurgical products
1999: Installation of double digestion to increase efficiency of bauxite extraction as local bauxite is phased out
2003: Integration with other non-metallurgical activities of Pechiney. Pechiney becomes part of Alcan
2007: Rio Tinto purchases Alcan and Rio Tinto Alcan Specialty Aluminas formed
2009: 100% specialty alumina producer
2012: Alteo Gardanne formed after divestment of the specialty aluminas group by Rio Tinto
Route de Biver