A new remelt facility will be built at Hydro’s aluminium extrusion plant in Szekesfehervar in Hungary. The facility will have an annual capacity of 90,000 tonnes and is expected to start production in Q1 2024. Hydro in Szekesfehervar optimizes designs, manufactures, and sells high added-value aluminium components to customers in many industries.The Hungarian plant is the largest aluminium extrusion plant in Europe, with six presses and extensive fabrication and surface treatment capabilities. The plant serves many automotive customers, focusing on e-mobility, and the ability to offer “closed loops” is increasingly important for car makers and customers from other industries to reduce their carbon footprint. The demand for recycled aluminium is increasing and the investment will allow the plant to take back production scrap and create closed loops. In a closed loop, production scrap from customers like the automotive tier-one suppliers is collected and sent directly back to the remelt plant. With the recycling process close by the extrusion process, one transportation leg is removed, and waste is limited to a minimum. The recycled aluminium goes right back into the production of advanced car components. The automotive components that are made in Szekesfehervar include crash management systems such as bumper beams and crash boxes, as well as many structural parts of the car body, like side sill inserts, side beams and battery housings and structures. For these complex components, alloy properties are critical and the new casthouse will give Szekesfehervar the opportunity to develop and optimize the advanced alloys locally in Hungary, in collaboration with customers.