Hydro opens new casting line opens to meet growing demand for low-carbon aluminium

From left: Jenny Stenberg Sørvold, 1st Secretary, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Berlin; Thomas Stuerzebecher, Managing Director, Hydro Aluminium Gießerei Rackwitz; Eivind Kallevik, Hydro EVP Aluminium Metal; Thomas Schmidt, Minister of Regional Development, Free State of Saxony; Photo: Marco Prosch

Hydro reaches a milestone with the opening of the new HyForge casting line at its aluminium recycling plant in Rackwitz, Germany. The 40 million EUR investment responds to the automotive industry’s drive to decarbonize, significantly increasing the use of recycled, post-consumer aluminium scrap.

The opening ceremony on September 14 marked the end of a 14 month construction process and the introduction of Hydro’s innovative HyForge forge stock segment at the Rackwitz plant. The technology allows for serving customers with smaller diameter aluminium billets with a superior surface quality that can be forged directly into high quality automotive components and other products, skipping further process steps such as extrusion or homogenization. Light weighting with aluminium is one of the most effective ways to improve the energy efficiency of vehicles without compromising safety.

“With HyForge, Hydro is literally forging the future of automotive, responding to the industry’s increasing demand for low-carbon, lightweight aluminium components. The expansion enables us to further develop our strategic partnership with automotive customers, while meeting both their high quality standards and increasing focus on sustainability,” says Eivind Kallevik, Executive Vice President for Hydro Aluminium Metal.

The Rackwitz expansion is an important step towards fulfilling Hydro’s ambitions within the fast developing area of recycling and doubling the use of post-consumer aluminium scrap by 2025. It is also delivering on the ambition to recycle more locally sourced scrap to ensure market leading sustainability performance.

“Our plant in Rackwitz is ideally located to serve the region’s automotive industry hub as more customers pursue their aim to decarbonize. It also provides easy access to sources of post-consumer aluminium scrap, giving significant customer value, and contributing to the circular economy and Germany’s green transition,” says Thomas Stürzebecher, Managing Director at Hydro Aluminium Gießerei Rackwitz GmbH.

Germany alone accounts for one third of the total European aluminium consumption. It is a large market for Hydro consisting of customers with ambitious climate targets that are clearly reflected in their expectations from suppliers like Hydro.