History

ALVANCE are custodians of the history of early Aluminium production.

1877

First commercial production of aluminium in Scotland, using hydro power

1894

British Aluminium Company formed

1929

The British Aluminium Company completed the construction of Lochaber Smelter in 1929 On the 30th December 1929, the first cast of aluminium was produced

1946

Duffel Rolling mill founded as Sidal N.V

1960 – 1965

Expansion of our hot rolling mill with a break-down mill +3 stands finishing mill. The set-up of this installation constructed in 1960 still forms the heart of our factory today

1991

ALVANCE Aluminium Dunkerque first smelter in the world to introduce AP technology on a large-scale basis. This technology is still used today for continuous improvements in power efficiency

2000

First smelter in the world to introduce “pot shell cooling”. Now used globally

2003

Start production of our CALP-line (Continuous Annealing Line with Pre-treatment) making us a leading supplier of automotive body sheet (installation is 240m long, 44m wide and 23m high)

2005

ALVANCE Aluminium Dunkerque uses first ever copper containing cathodes. ALVANCE Aluminium Dunkerque first smelter in the world to use large size anodes

2013

Installation of wide ABS mill. Processes coil exclusively for the automotive industry. Widest Automotive cold rolling mill in Europe

2016

GFG Alliance / ALVANCE purchases Lochaber smelter and associated hydroelectric schemes and are now custodians of the long history of aluminium smelting in the Scottish Highlands

2018

GFG Alliance / ALVANCE purchases Aluminium Dunkerque owning the largest Low Carbon Smelter in Europe

2019

Aluminium Duffel achieved ASI Performance Standard for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium)

2020

GFG / ALVANCE acquired Duffel

2021

Aluminium Duffel celebrates their 75th anniversary