• Hydro’s Rackwitz aluminum recycling plant - aluminum forging stock

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    Hydro to Begin Producing Forging Stock at Its Rackwitz Recycling Plant

    Hydro is investing EUR 40 million to expand its Rackwitz recycling plant near Leipzig, Germany, to enable the production of HyForge™ forging stock. The expansion will significantly increase the use of post-consumer aluminum scrap and will serve automotive customers with smaller-diameter, high-quality billets that may be forged directly into high-quality automotive components. “After successfully introducing […]

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    Hydro to Build Aluminum Recycling Plant in the U.S.

    Hydro signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Midwest Energy and Communications (MEC) to acquire a property in the Cassopolis, Michigan. The company plans to use the property to build a new state-of-the-art, greenfield aluminum recycling plant for the production of aluminum extrusion billet. The move is a key step towards Hydro’s ambition of doubling […]

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    Aluminum Chair Made Using Superplastic Forming Method

    Hydro’s technical experts and British designer, Tom Dixon, teamed up on a challenge to make a 100% recyclable aluminum chair that could be shaped in one singular piece. The result is the HYDRO chair,  inspired by the automotive production technique known as superplastic forming. Hydro’s 5083T aluminum alloy was used for the chair since it […]

  • Hydro aluminum rolling business

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    Hydro to Sell Aluminum Rolling Business to KPS Partners

    Norsk Hydro ASA entered into an agreement to sell its Hydro Rolling business to KPS Capital Partners for €1.380 billion (approximately US$1.67 billion) on an enterprise value basis. “Hydro launched a strategic review of our Rolling business area in 2019, along with other strategic measures towards profitability and sustainability,” said Hilde Merete Aasheim president and […]

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    Aluminum Companies Implement Blockchain Technologies to Trace Sustainability

    Over the past several years, people around the world have showed an increased focus on and demand for more sustainable products. The aluminum industry has responded to this need by developing new technologies to improve the environmental performance of its operations, as well as introducing standards to measure the effect of these developments. Many primary […]

  • Figure 2. Demolition and removal of SPL from an aluminum cell cathode.

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    The SPL Waste Management Challenge in Primary Aluminum

    By Alton Tabereaux, Contributing Editor. Spent potlining (SPL) disposal is one of the largest environmental waste management challenges confronting worldwide primary aluminum smelters due to its toxicity. The International Aluminium Institute (IAI) asserts that 1.6 million tons of SPL were generated from primary aluminum production in 2019,1 making it the second largest waste volume produced […]

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    Aluminum E-trike for Greener Deliveries

    Hydro is collaborating with electric car maker Polestar and electric motorcycle producer CAKE on Re:Move, a low-carbon aluminum electric trike that aims to make transport of the “last mile” of deliveries cleaner.  The companies also hope that the Re:Move trike will spark conversation about how to go about accelerating the societal shift towards more sustainable e-mobility. […]

  • The Tailings Dry Backfill method replaces the need for raising and building new dams used in traditional methods, improving safety and environmental performance.

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    Hydro Pioneers Sustainable Solution for Red Mud Disposal

    Hydro has developed and implemented a new method for the final disposal of bauxite residue (also known as red mud), which the company has been testing at its Mineração Paragominas bauxite mine in the northern state of Pará, Brazil. This pioneering technology, called Tailings Dry Backfill, replaces the need for raising and building new dams […]