Capral is committed to developing products that deliver positive environmental outcomes. The many facets of our operations help us achieve this goal:
Aluminium – The Super Metal
Aluminium boasts one of the highest recycling rates of any metal. At the end of their long life, Capral extrusions can be readily recycled. Recycled aluminium generally falls into two broad categories.
New scrap; resulting from a manufacturing process such as extrusion, is often not contaminated and of known quality. This scrap is remelted and reprocessed with very little further treatment. Due to its high value, such scrap enjoys an almost 100% recycle rate.
Old scrap; such as that from beverage cans, buildings and transport, is gathered and recycled via an efficient network of scrap metal merchants which sort and separate it from other metals such as iron and steel. This scrap is usually remelted by secondary refiners into silicon based alloys used predominantly for aluminium castings.
In Europe, recycling rates of aluminium cans can reach up to 64% whilst rates from buildings and transport are higher again and 85% and 95% respectively.
As recycling of aluminium requires only 5% of the initial energy consumed to create it, recycling one tonne of aluminium saves 5 tonnes of bauxite and 15,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, making the process very environmental friendly and economical.
Coatings and Finishes
Capral uses and recommends powder coatings containing no organic solvents or heavy metal pigments such as lead.
Energy Efficient Window and Door Systems
During their ‘use phase’, high performance aluminium window and door systems can deliver significant reductions in energy required for heating and cooling. The energy saved by using high performance window and door systems can be many hundreds of times greater than that consumed to produce the original aluminium extrusions.
Australian Supply Chain
As a local manufacturer, Capral is required to meet Australian environmental regulations and standards in its manufacturing and finishing operations. Understanding the full life cycle impact of products requires manufacturing processes and materials to be traced back to their source. When materials are sourced from overseas, it can be difficult to know whether they have been produced in an environmentally responsible way.
National Manufacturing Footprint
Capral’s national manufacturing footprint allows our extrusions to be produced close to where they are required. This helps avoid unnecessary sea and road freighting, reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
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