The modernisation, part of a US$52 million powder business modernisation program, aims to increase the production of aluminum powder from 20k to 25.5k tonnes per year and expand the company’s market share in the Russia and CIS market from 54% to 76%. The program will be implemented from 2014 through to 2022.

RUSAL is also investing in the development of modern dry and wet grinding technology that will allow the company to penetrate the aluminum paste segment. UC RUSAL also plans to invest in the development of new technology to reduce powder production costs, to produce new types of gas developing agents used in the manufacture of aerated concretes, and high-tech pigments for coatings. 

Long-term investment

‘Our powder business has good prospects and the announced long-term investment program will enhance its efficiency,” said Alexey Arnautov, UC RUSAL’s deputy director for new projects. “Modernisation and new equipment will allow RUSAL to increase its market share in powders and to take advantage of the potential that the market offers.”