Hydro is investing USD 15 million into its Henderson facility in Kentucky in US to deliver certified recycled aluminium products to the automotive industry. The investment will both enhance Hydro’s position as the leading producer of low-carbon, recycled aluminium in North America and further reduce the environmental impact from production. The investment will support two key projects. To meet the specifications of the growing U.S. automotive market, Hydro will install a new homogenization furnace to improve the plant’s recycling capabilities. This will enable the Henderson facility to produce a greater volume of advanced alloys using recycled metals with a lower carbon footprint. Hydro will also install a new baghouse for reducing air emissions. This will allow the plant to use greater volumes of post-consumer scrap and explore new, more difficult types of scrap, like material with paint or other contamination, which requires advanced equipment to recycle. The new baghouse will also improve the air quality inside the plant and reduce the overall environmental footprint from operations. As the automotive industry in Kentucky is expanding, the investment will enable the plant to produce industry-leading advanced alloys for automotive applications, including the proprietary advanced material, Hydro CIRCAL, creating an opportunity to supply Hydro’s most progressive, sustainability-focused customers with this cutting-edge product. The initial volumes from Hydro’s Commerce and Henderson facilities will be approximately 4000 tonnes. The first large-scale production of Hydro CIRCAL will come from Hydro’s new, state-of-the-art recycling facility under construction in Cassopolis, Michigan. The plant is expected to start operations in 2023 with a total capacity of 130,000 tonnes extrusion billet, of which 40,000 tonnes will be Hydro CIRCAL. Hydro CIRCAL is Hydro’s proprietary brand of recycled aluminium made with a minimum of 75% recycled, post-consumer aluminium scrap, certified by third-party auditors DNV GL, and has a market-leading CO2 footprint of just 2.3 kg CO2e/kg aluminium or less.