"For me, the value chain for rolled aluminum products starts with highly competent research and development," said CEO Oliver Bell to more than 100 guests. “In 2014 alone, the inventiveness of the scientists can be attributed to the construction of new plants amounting to 175 million euros. With new processes, milestones have been set for lightweight construction in the automotive industry and sort-free separation in recycling, so that we are investing sustainably in these areas, "continued Bell.
Under the motto "50 years into an easy future", the celebrations focused on the increasing demand and application of the material. Aluminum sustainably helps protect the climate and the environment. Since 1964, experts in Bonn have been researching to continuously improve material properties and processes in the manufacture of sophisticated raw materials.
Founded as the LFI light metal research institute, the center in Bonn is still internationally recognized by experts today. It has been setting standards for aluminum products in key industries for decades, particularly since concentrating on rolled products since the mid-1990s.
As prominent speakers, Dr. Günther Horzetzky, State Secretary in the Ministry of Economy, Energy, Industry, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Handicrafts of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Helmut Dockter, State Secretary in the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research, represented at the symposium. & nbsp;
“We see ourselves as pioneers in future development directions. We have expanded our competencies for this over decades. We also train young scientists on site and at universities, ”said Professor Wolfgang Schneider, who directs the R&D center. “As the voice of aluminum technology, we are constant drivers of progress and thus technological breakthroughs. Through the leading participation in funding projects of the state and the EU, we have contributed to significant successes and thus technological advances. ”Hydro participates in the open innovation research cluster AMAP (Advanced Metal and Processes) in Aachen and developed the SUPER-LIGHT-CAR in an association of companies that has reduced cars sustainably in weight.
With aluminum into an easy future - this is the guiding principle of his team of more than 100 employees, when it comes to far-reaching research results for the next generation, Schneider concluded.