Optima Systems introduces Hydro CIRCAL recycled aluminum in…
Optima Systems (Optima), a leading manufacturer and installer of commercial partitions, announces that, from 1st November 2022, its glass and aluminum partitions and doors will be made using Hydro CIRCAL.
Hydro are a pioneer in the manufacture of recycled aluminium, Hydro CIRCAL being the only product of this caliber available on the UK market. Outside of Hydro’s own building systems division, Optima is the first UK company to adopt Hydro CIRCAL, leading the circular revolution.
Hydro CIRCAL is a brand of recycled aluminum, made with a minimum of 75% recycled post-consumer waste, which minimizes the embodied carbon of the products in which it is used. Recycling aluminum requires only 5% of the energy needed to produce primary aluminum, which significantly reduces the amount of energy needed.
This benefit is then passed on to Optima’s glass partitions and doors, significantly reducing their embodied carbon, reflecting the company’s ongoing goal of becoming a low-emission partition manufacturer.
Moreover, the arrival of Hydro CIRCAL also demonstrates its commitment to the principles of the circular economy, which is also at the heart of Optima’s business model. This is another key step in their journey towards their 2030/35 Net Zero commitments.
Commenting on the move, Christian Mabey, Managing Director of Optima Products, said: “We have worked closely with Hydro to ensure that we are using aluminum with the maximum recycled content available and the lowest embodied carbon. This led to our decision to completely overhaul our supply chain and introduce Hydro CIRCAL across our entire product range.
He continues: “By using this innovative new product, we can guarantee a CO2 footprint of less than 2.3 kg per 1 kg of aluminum produced. We have been monitoring the impact of our products through third-party accredited Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for some time, and this move to Hydro CIRCAL extends our ability to minimize the environmental impact of our products; alongside Hydro to enhance the entire value chain”.
Hydro CIRCAL: The new generation in aluminum
Hydro CIRCAL offers the highest content of recycled aluminum currently achievable, making it a significantly more sustainable option than the traditionally produced alternative. Fully traceable and certified by an independent third party, it is a game changer for the Optima product portfolio.
Hydro guarantees a minimum of 75% recycled content and uses advanced aluminum sorting technology to use as many end-of-life materials as possible. So-called post-consumer waste is aluminum from demolished construction projects, food and drink containers or even cars that is collected, sorted, shredded and put back into circulation. This ensures that no excess energy is expended in the recycling process.
The beauty of Hydro CIRCAL is its endless reusability, positioning Optima as one of the UK’s most forward-thinking manufacturers of commercial architectural glass partitioning systems.
As Allan Wood, Managing Director of Optima Major Works concludes: “We are constantly looking to the future and our role in it, which is why we are increasingly focused on how we manufacture and consume as ‘company. Designing products and processes that integrate and embrace reuse and the circular economy are essential to the way we work today and in the future. Customers, rightly, now expect this to become the norm, and not just a pleasure to have. As a market leader, we are developing several innovations that will help our customers and the environment move forward. Our use of Hydro CIRCAL is another such advancement.
Hydro CIRCAL becomes the standard aluminum and will be introduced across the Optima portfolio from 1st of November 2022.