Orbite Appoints HPA Plant Manager
May 15, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) — Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT)(OTCQX:EORBF) (“Orbite“, or the “Corporation“) announced today it has filled a key position at its Cap-Chat HPA production plant with the hiring of Mr. Bruno Bibeau as Plant Manager.
In a career spanning over 30 years, Mr. Bibeau has developed a deep expertise and successful track record in technical operations and plant management, having held several senior positions with major companies, such as Sector Manager, Operations at ArcelorMittal, and Production Manager and Technical Manager at Resolute – Forest Products.
“Bruno’s addition to our team at Cap-Chat is a key milestone in our progress towards commercial production” said Denis Arguin, Orbite’s VP Engineering & Operations. “He has proven himself to be a very solid and talented operator throughout his career, and will bring important operational skills to the Corporation.”
The appointment of Mr. Bibeau is the first step in a programme that is anticipated to lead to the hiring of 14 additional operating staff at the Corporation’s HPA plant in Cap Chat, including a Technical manager, who will report to Mr. Bibeau. The Corporation anticipates recruiting several of its new operating staff among the graduates of Groupe Collégia’s Operations and Control Course, an 18 month technical training programme that was offered in the Gaspésie in conjunction with Orbite and Emploi-Québec.
Orbite Aluminae Inc. is a Canadian cleantech company whose innovative and proprietary processes are expected to produce alumina and other high-value products, such as rare earth and rare metal oxides, at one of the lowest costs in the industry, and in a sustainable fashion, using feedstocks that include aluminous clay, kaolin, nepheline, bauxite, red mud and fly ash. Orbite is currently in the process of finalizing its first commercial high-purity alumina (HPA) production plant in Cap-Chat, Québec and has completed the basic engineering for a proposed smelter-grade alumina (SGA) production plant, which would use clay mined from its Grande-Vallée deposit. The Corporation’s intellectual property portfolio contains 15 intellectual property families, and the Corporation owns the intellectual property rights to 11 patents and 66 pending patent applications in 10 different countries and regions. The first intellectual property family is patented in Canada, USA, Australia, China, and Russia. The Corporation also operates a state of the art technology development center in Laval, Québec, where its technologies are developed and validated.