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New aluminium recycling plant in Hungary breaks ground

The groundbreaking ceremony on September 1 marks the construction of Hydro’s new aluminium recycling plant in Szekesfehervar, Hungary. The new facility will have annual capacity of 90,000 tonnes and is expected to start production in Q1 2024. The total investment is expected to be around EUR 88 million and will create about 80 new jobs.

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Participants in the ground breaking ceremony from left to right: Mauro SPIZZO –Vice President, Hydro Extrusions EAST; Paul WARTON –Executive Vice President, Hydro Extrusions; Tamás VARGHA –Member of Parliament for the City of Székesfehérvár; State Secretary and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Defenceof Hungary; András CSER-PALKOVICS –Mayor of Székesfehérvár; Hilde Merete AASHEIM –President & CEO, NorskHydro ASA; Frank IEPEMA – Managing Director, Hydro Extrusion Hungary (Photo: Peter LUGOSI)

The aluminium plant will be built alongside Hydro’s aluminium extrusion plant in Szekesfehervar and produce advanced alloys for extrusions used in the premium automotive segment. Using only 5 percent of the energy originally needed to produce the metal, the plant will also provide customers with the opportunity to close the loop by taking back both production scrap and post-consumer scrap, which is recycled into new products.

“Recycled aluminium is becoming more and more important within the extrusion industry. This new facility is an important investment for a greener future and will strengthen Hydro’s position as a leading supplier of high quality, low-carbon aluminium to a market where demand for greener aluminum is accelerating,” says Hilde Merete Aasheim, Hydro’s President & CEO.

The Hungarian extrusion plant mainly serves automotive customers, and the ability to offer “closed loops” is helping carmakers and customers from other industries to reduce the carbon footprint of their products. Closed loop recycling uses and reuses materials that can be continuously recycled, without loss of qualities and with less energy or resources. This is where aluminium stands out.

In a closed loop, production scrap is collected and sent directly back to the recycling plant from manufacturers. With the recycling operation alongside the extrusion plant, one transportation leg is removed, the supply chain is optimized, and waste is limited to a minimum. The recycled aluminium goes right back into the production of advanced car components.

“As automotive customers put more emphasis on greener solutions, we are taking this breakthrough step in Hungary to grow the market with advanced products and drive sustainability,” says Paul Warton, executive vice president responsible for Hydro Extrusions. “We are increasing our recycling capacity in Central and Eastern Europe, ensuring reliable billet supply to our customers and creating possibilities of closing the loop by taking back and recycling production scrap and post-consumer scrap.”

Produce recycled aluminium locally

“Our customers and their end customers want products that demand less energy to produce, and that contain more recycled metal. By taking this next step in Hungary, with a state-of-the art remelt plant using the best technology available, we will be able to produce recycled aluminium locally: Hydro RESTORE,” says managing director Frank Iepema of Hydro Aluminium Extrusion.

Hydro RESTORE is a range of aluminium products made locally from a combination of recycled pre-consumer scrap, recycled post-consumer scrap and primary aluminium. Once the scrap is collected, it will be melted, cast into a new billet at the recycling facility and return as input material for use in new products.

About Hydro Extrusions

Hydro Extrusions is a world leading aluminium extrusion business counting around 100 production sites in 40 countries and employing 21,000 people. Through our unique combination of local expertise, global network, and unmatched R&D capabilities, we can offer everything from standard profiles to advanced development and manufacturing for most industries.

Hydro Extrusion Hungary is Hydro’s largest and most advanced extrusion plant in Europe, with six aluminium presses, several surface treatment technologies and over 300 fabrication machines. The 60,000-tonne plant is mainly growing in the e-mobility segment.


Erika Ahlqvist
Erika Ahlqvist

Erika Ahlqvist

Vice President, People, communication and sustainability, Hydro Extrusions

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