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Orbite Aluminae Inc. named as national winner of the 2012 Regional Awards for New Technology

Published by Derek Lothian on January 04, 2013

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP), recognize Orbite Aluminae Inc., based in Montréal, Québec, as national winner of the 2012 Regional Awards for New Technology.

Orbite Aluminae Inc. is a Canadian cleantech company whose innovative technologies are setting the new standard for alumina production. Orbite technologies enable environmentally-neutral extraction of smelter-grade alumina (SGA), high-purity alumina (HPA) and high-value elements, including rare earths and rare metals, from a variety of sources such as aluminous clay and bauxite, without generating toxic red mud residue.

Orbite's operations have a negligible environmental impact compared to the conventional process of extracting alumina from bauxite. The Orbite process of producing metallurgical-grade alumina involves crushing and then acid leaching the aluminous claystone found at the company's Grande-Vallée property. Orbite's unique technology consumes less energy and generates less pollution then and no caustic by-products.

The company owns 14 different families of intellectual property rights filed across the world for the extraction of alumina at the highest standards of sustainability (www.orbitealuminae.com).

"Orbite Aluminea's award underlines the role of innovation and technologies in the sustainable development of our economy, a major issue for our members. This award recognizes the leadership of Orbite Aluminea and shows that environmental concerns and competitiveness can go hand in hand," said Simon Prévost, president of CME Québec. Orbite Aluminae Inc. was also named the regional winner for this awards category.

The NRC IRAP Regional Award for New Technology recognizes innovative excellence in the development, adoption, and application of new technology in process or products. These awards provide SMEs with an opportunity to demonstrate their unique and innovative excellence in the development and application of new technologies.

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