Elysis has announced that it has produced the first primary aluminum of commercial purity on an industrial scale for use in Apple products.
Elysis cooperates with Apple
The technology is considered a veritable breakthrough: the world's first direct carbon-free aluminum smelting process from Elysis. The technology produces oxygen instead of greenhouse gases and represents a milestone in the production of aluminum, one of the world's most widely used metals.
Apple has now announced that it will purchase this first batch of commercially pure, low-carbon aluminum from Elysis for use in the iPhone SE. This aluminum was produced at the company's industrial research and development center in Quebec using hydroelectric power.
"Potential for sustainable change"
Apple has supported this advance in aluminum production through an investment partnership with Alcoa, Rio Tinto and the governments of Canada and Quebec that began in 2018. The following year, Apple purchased the first commercial batch of aluminum to come out of the joint venture and used it to produce the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Elysis CEO Vincent Christ says, "This is the first time aluminum has been produced at this level of commercial purity, with no greenhouse gas emissions and on an industrial scale. The sale to Apple confirms the market's interest in aluminum produced with our breakthrough carbon-free smelting technology. We look forward to working with Apple on this advance, which has the potential to permanently change the way aluminum is produced."
The technology produces oxygen instead of greenhouse gases and represents a milestone in the production of aluminum.