"In order to make automobiles lighter and reduce CO2 emissions, automotive customers are looking for innovative solutions made of aluminum. We are preparing for this by significantly increasing our production capacity of state-of-the-art vehicle body panels, ”says Hydro Group CEO Oliver Bell, who heads the Rolled Products business unit. & nbsp;
The new line, which will cost 130 million euros, follows a current expansion in which Hydro has already increased the annual capacity for the continuous heat treatment of body material to 50,000 tons. The expansion now planned concerns ultra-modern plants for heat and surface treatment, which are based on a particularly flexible plant concept and innovative manufacturing processes in the Grevenbroich hydro rolling mill.
In conjunction with newly developed high-performance materials, unmatched forming properties and a state-of-the-art surface quality are guaranteed. The high-quality aluminum body panels from the new production line are used in the construction of vehicle components such as bonnets, doors, tailgates and side panels for cars.
“With this extensive investment, we are clearly aligning our corporate strategy to the future automotive market. We are expanding our product portfolio and strengthening our position in the European automotive market and as the largest manufacturer of rolled aluminum products in Europe, ”says Oliver Bell. & nbsp;
The expansion work on the new production line will be completed in the second half of 2016. & nbsp; The investment costs are spread over the period 2014 to 2016 and do not mean any change in the investment expenditure for 2014 for Hydro.
|PLANT: Hydro's rolled product plant in Grevenbroich as seen from the south - the focus is on the production center for automotive sheet metal. On the right-hand side there will be a large neighbor, the hall for a new, even larger production line for body panels made of lightweight aluminum. (Photo: Berkant Yerli)|