An unprecedented world-class partnership of two major aluminium industry pioneers - Alcoa and Rio Tinto - led to the formation of ELYSIS, announced in 2018.
The Canadian Government and the Quebec Government, through participation of Investissement Quebec, have decided to support and be part of this industry revolution, each investing $60 million (CAD) in ELYSIS.
The world’s technology giant Apple has helped facilitate the collaboration between Alcoa and Rio Tinto on the carbon-free smelting process and, in addition to investing $13 million (CAD), has agreed to provide ELYSIS with technical support.
Vincent Christ, a charismatic seasoned leader who has distinguished himself during his more than 35 years’ career in the aluminum industry, was appointed as the CEO of ELYSIS. Capitalizing on his strategic vision and supported by the academic background and vast experience in engineering, he has successfully led for a number of years the Technology and R&D sectors of Rio Tinto. His nomination, while being a logical choice of partner companies, has been an expression of ultimate trust.
ELYSIS’ team is formed by experienced, competent, talented and devoted professionals who are relentlessly working on a common objective of refining the technology, aiming to complete its development and bring it to commercial size by 2024.