Hydro continues to invest in the strong German market with the addition of a third aluminium extrusion press at its manufacturing plant in Rackwitz. The EUR 11 million investments will increase the plant’s extrusion capacity by 12,000 tonnes per year. Its production will be used for customers in the building and construction, transportation, and general engineering market segments. The biggest difference between the new press and the other two presses in Rackwitz is its lower carbon footprint. The continuous aging oven will use 20% less energy than the others. In addition, the press’s ingot heating oven utilizes an energy saving unit. The waste gas from the continuous furnace is used to heat water, which is then dropped on the ingot, heating the metal.The construction phase of the project will begin later this year, with extrusion operations expected to start toward the end of 2023.The plant is one of four in the company’s DACH organization, which serves extrusion customers in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Three of the plants are in Germany, one in Austria. They operate nine extrusion presses, with two more on the way. One will be in Rackwitz and another in Nenzing in Austria.Just two months ago, Hydro broke ground on the expansion of its aluminium recycling plant in Rackwitz, which will add 25,000 tonnes of forge stock through higher volumes of post-consumer, end-of-life scrap. The recycling facility is the extrusion plant’s closest neighbor.