Pro-circularity model reduces manufacturing energy requirements by 95%
Building sustainable innovation into Sri Lanka’s construction sector, Hayleys Group subsidiary and
national leader in fully integrated aluminum manufacturing, Alumex PLC, announced the
groundbreaking launch of Low Carbon Aluminum for the global market.
The company’s newly launched range of Low Carbon Aluminum ‘Ozon’, follows on the successful
Phase 1 opening of the manufacturer’s new state-of the-art melting facility at Sapugaskanda to
develop export markets. With an investment of over Rs. 1 billion, further capacity building will take
place through a second phase.
Incorporating the most modern and environmentally-friendly technologies in the world, the new
facility enables Alumex to produce the highest quality aluminum billets utilising just 5% of the total
energy consumed in primary aluminum manufacturing from bauxite. Further automation-driven
optimisations are expected to cut energy consumption up to 20%.
According to Alumex PLC Managing Director, Pramuk Dediwela, the material is expected to add
new life to the Sri Lankan construction sector’s efforts to sustainably reduce its environmental and
carbon footprint. Its newly launched brand for its raw material ‘Ozon’ will maintain the exporter’s
commitment to the highest global quality standards.
Given the high demand from overseas buyers for Ozon billets, especially from the USA, UK, Europe
and Australia markets, Low Carbon Aluminium supports us to drive increased export revenue to the
“Aluminum is a material with infinite possibilities and a near limitless lifecycle. When processed
correctly, it can be used, melted down, and reshaped with near zero loss in quality and physical
integrity. Our new facility supports our efforts to enable greater circularity, drastically reduce our
environmental impact and energy dependence, and deliver the highest quality products in South Asia
to both local and global markets.”
Following up on commitments made as part of the Hayleys Lifecode – which requires all companies
in the Hayleys Group to realign their operations towards a unified approach to Environmental, Social
and Governance (ESG) initiatives, Alumex has been adjusting its strategic priorities with a stronger
emphasis on export development through sustainability.
“Given the predicament of the country’s economic situation, we believe it is our responsibility to
step forward, and lead through investment and innovation. The Alumex team has strengthened
sustainable manufacturing operations with solutions that can compete on a global stage, while
reducing the energy consumption of carbon emissions and contributing to a cleaner environment –
actions that live up to the ideals set out in the Hayleys Lifecode. We take this opportunity to
commend them on their innovative spirit,” Hayleys Chairman and Chief Executive, Mohan
Most recently, Alumex – which already utilises recycled metal for 50% of its raw material
requirements – established a pilot project in the country to collect used aluminum beverage cans
(UBCs) as a part of its initiative to care for the environment. On average, it is estimated that
recycling 1kg of UBCs saves up to 8 kg of bauxite, 4 kg of chemical products and 14 kWh of
Alumex pioneered the concept of fully integrated aluminium manufacturing with its inception in
- Since then, the company has developed its portfolio with a reputation as Sri Lanka’s leading
provider of best-in-class and specialised commercial, industrial, residential, and architectural
aluminium extrusion profiles.
In 2019, Alumex ventured into international markets, experiencing a rapid growth trajectory with
exports to Australia, Canada, Singapore, Italy, the Maldives, Nepal, New Zealand, Switzerland, the
United Kingdom, and the United States, while simultaneously expanding its operations across the
globe. The company’s strong commitment to sustainability was reinforced by partnering with ASI;
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, USA and the Eco-Label certification of its entire aluminium
extrusion portfolio by the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL).
Image 01: Hayleys PLC Chairman and Chief Executive, Mohan Pandithage (centre) ceremonially
opening the new Low Carbon Aluminium manufacturing plant together with Hayleys PLC Group
Executive Director, Sarath Ganegoda (left) and Alumex PLC Managing Director, Pramuk Dediwela
Image 02: Hayleys Chairman and senior leadership team commissioning the manufacturing plant
Image 03: Ozon the new Low Carbon Aluminium launched by Alumex