ET’20 postponed due to coronavirus threat
The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) has decided to postpone the ET’20 Aluminum Technology Seminar. The decision was made due to the Covid-19 outbreak. “We recently have been informed that a significant number of ET’20 attendees, speakers and exhibitors are prevented from travelling to the Event due to travel bans imposed by their employers and countries,” said AEC, the organizer of the ET’20. In addition, President Donald Trump acted to ban incoming European travellers.
Customer Stern lowers carbon footprint with Hydro Reduxa
Hydro’s primary aluminium range with low CO 2 footprint, Reduxa, has just been released to the extrusion market. Stern Wintergarten, a producer of winter and summer gardens, patio covers and sun protection in Germany, is one of the first customers to fully switch to the low-carbon alternative.
Hydro doubles extrusion sites with ASI certification
Hydro has achieved ASI certification for a further 15 extrusion sites. The company is now nearing the goal of having all its aluminium extrusion operations in Europe certified to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Performance Standard.
EU Commision opens anti-dumping investigation into Chinese aluminium extrusions
The EU Commission has announced the opening of an anti-dumping investigation into aluminium extrusions originating from China. The investigation follows a complaint by the European Aluminium (EA) whose member companies are negatively impacted by the dumping of Chinese exports of aluminium extrusions. EA welcomes the Commission’s action and urges the swift adoption of appropriate anti-dumping measures.
Danieli Breda to supply 60-MN extrusion press to Hydro Phoenix plant
Hydro Extrusion North America has awarded Danieli Breda the contract for a 60-MN front-loading direct extrusion press for the Phoenix, Arizona facility. The line will comprise the largest aluminium extrusion press on the US West Coast, and will be equipped with Danieli Breda’s latest technological advances, including:
HAI Group takes over Romanian extrusion plant
Following the signing in September 2019, the takeover of Hydro Aluminium’s extrusion plant in Chisineu-Cris, Romania, by Hammer Aluminium Industries was successfully closed at the beginning of February. With this step HAI is expanding its capacity and further developing all three company divisions – construction, industry and transport. The new HAI site has two extrusion presses with a production capacity of 22.000 tpy. This increase in capacity enables HAI – even with an already high utilization in 2020 – to support its customers on their growth journey in 2021.
Hydro sells interest in Vietnamese extrusion plant
Hydro has closed a transaction with a local Vietnamese company for the sale of Hydro’s interest in Sapa Ben Thanh Aluminium Co., Ltd. The company operates a manufacturing plant in Ho Chi Minh City and is a joint venture with the Ben Thanh Group. The decision to sell Hydro’s 65% stake in the joint venture is part of the overall review in Extruded Solutions, aiming to optimize and streamline the portfolio. The transaction was completed in January 2020. The manufacturing plant in Ho Chi Minh City has around 230 employees and produces around 3,500 tpy, mainly for the building and industrial segments.
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certifies Constellium’s Singen facility against ASI Chain of Custody Standard
Constellium has achieved Certification to the ASI Chain of Custody Standard for its Singen casting and rolling facilities in Germany, demonstrating its commitment to environmental, social and governance performance. The company’s Singen operation is one of Constellium’s largest sites and serves the automotive and the packaging markets.
Constellium Singen relies on extrusion technology from SMS group
Constellium Singen has contracted SMS group to supply a 45-MN extrusion press, which will be installed in a new production hall at the Singen site. With the new plant, Constellium will be able to increase its production capacity of high-quality aluminium profiles of most different cross-sectional geometries and also to respond to the growing demand by the automotive industry more flexibly. Commissioning is scheduled for summer 2020.
Hydro restructures business operations in Drunen, Netherlands
Hydro has decided to close the fabrication business unit in Drunen, Netherlands. The closure is due to the challenging European market, particularly in trailer construction, which represents a large part of the production in Drunen. Despite several measures taken in recent years to improve the situation, it has not been possible to turn the negative development, says Hydro. The closure will affect around 40 employees and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020.