Trimet’s plant in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne recently put a vertical continuous caster into full operation. With an annual production capacity of around 60,000 tons of rolling ingots, the system represents a strategic addition to the product portfolio of the facility in the French Alps. Around 145,000 tons of primary aluminum are produced here annually. In addition to rolling ingots, aluminum wire for the energy and automotive industries is produced in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and the sister plant in Castelsarrasin in southwestern France. Trimet took over both facilities at the end of 2013 and has worked toward full utilization of production capacity since that time.