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ORBITE ALUMINAE INC.
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A New Way of Thinking
Thinking outside the bauxite has allowed Orbite Aluminae Inc. to extract alumina from clay better for aluminum manufacturing.
[ BY RUSS GAGER ]
Orbite Aluminae says it has developed new processes. for extracting alumina from mined clay..
“There are new technologies more economical and eco-friendly than the existing technology.”
// YVES NOËL, vice president of sales and marketing
Revolutionary processes to extract alumina not only from mined clay but also from the red mud byproduct of alumina mining and from the ﬂy ash left after coal is burned in electrical power plants are just three of the areas in which Orbite Aluminae Inc. plans to prosper. Another area is the rare earth elements that Orbite Aluminae can extract from its Grande-Vallée, Quebec, property. Orbite’s patented technology can extract rare earths, metallurgical-grade alumina and high-purity alumina from the same aluminous clay feedstock with the same process. Alumina has been extracted from bauxite to produce alumina for up to 120 years, but Orbite now offers an ecologically sound and economically viable alternative requiring much less energy, producing less pollution and leaving no caustic byproducts behind. “We need to get known a little more all
Orbite Aluminae Inc.. www.orbitealuminae.com | HQ: Montreal Working capital: $67.7 million (as of March 31, fully diluted basis July 31, 2012) | Employees: 55 Specialty: Technologies to extract metallurgicalgrade alumina, high-purity alumina and rare earths and metals
PHOTO: FRÉDÉRICK DeROY
2012); market capitalization $385 million (on a
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