The demand for anodized aluminum has risen sharply in recent years, because with this thick surface protection products in particular can last significantly longer when used outdoors.
Starting in 2010, the new plant in the Hydro press shop in Rackwitz is to anodize up to 3.5 million square meters of extruded aluminum per year. In addition to the existing, similar anodizing plant for 2.5 million m2 per year in the sister plant in Achim-Uphusen, Hydro will more than double its German production in this segment and will invest 15 million euros for this.
More productive for customers
“In order to fulfill customer orders, we previously had to outsource large quantities of anodizing. The new system saves us time and money, so we increase our productivity for customers, ”says Clemens Metzler, Managing Director of Hydro Aluminum Extrusion Deutschland GmbH.
“In addition, our Uphusen plant has found a method to concentrate residues from anodizing - and thus convert waste into a product for other industrial processes. We will also use this in the new plant, ”adds Metzler.
The Rackwitz plant is based on a long history of aluminum processing at the site, but was bankrupt when Hydro took over in 1998. This also includes a remelting plant, the annual production of which is currently being expanded by about 50% to 100,000 tonnes of billets with the investment in new furnaces. Up to 50 new jobs can be created with the new buildings by 2010, so that Hydro in Rackwitz would have a workforce of 210 employees.
The combined plants in Rackwitz and Uphusen deliver more than 50,000 tons of aluminum profiles per year, mostly to customers from the construction, transport and other industries.
Published: October 01, 2008