Extruded aluminum profiles specialist Exlabesa has awarded a contract to SMS group for the supply of a 71 MN short-stroke extrusion press of front loader design. With this new acquisition, Exlabesa plans to operate 27 extrusion lines including five state-of-the-art SMS extrusion presses at its nine production facilities. The new press will be installed at the company's Padron site in Spain and will be the largest press in the Iberian Peninsula. The plant is scheduled to go on stream at the beginning of 2024.The new extrusion press will be used mainly for the production of profiles for the growing electromobility market. What's more, the company also plans to produce extruded profiles, up to 620 millimeters wide, for truck superstructures as well as profiles intended for railway carriage manufacturing. Not only that, the new investment will allow Exlabesa Building Systems division to produce unique architectural solutions, enabling them to target the most demanding bespoke façade projects.Billets with a diameter of 406 millimeters and a maximum length of 1,800 millimeters that are manufactured in-house will also be utilized. Exlabesa produces the aluminum billets required for this in its own recycling plant, using equipment supplied by Hertwich Engineering, an SMS group company.The front-loader press will be built based on the latest SMS group design. The control concept for the new extrusion press is identical to that implemented in equipment already supplied. Thanks to the EcoDraulic concept, a reduction in energy consumption of up to ten percent can be achieved. The system, with its intelligent, demand-oriented start/stop control function, switches off all hydraulic pumps that are not required during the extrusion process.