Alcan Engineered Products inaugurated a technologically advanced horizontal furnace at its Aerospace, Transportation and Industry (ATI) division’s Sierre facility in Switzerland. The new $10.5 million furnace is now operational and will support ATI’s recognized know-how in the heat-treated aluminum plate market. The new furnace will increase Sierre’s capacity and will be used in the production of a wide range of precision plates.

The furnace also exceeds the industry’s most demanding environmental criteria. It does not emit any greenhouse gases, and its electric power consumption is four times lower than that of old-generation furnaces. In addition, a close circulation system limits the furnace’s yearly water consumption to less than that of five households.