This brings Hydro’s total recycling capacity in Germany to 150kt/y of aluminium and significantly reduce carbon emissions.

The third furnace within three years has been built as part of the new recycling centre at Alunorf, the world’s largest aluminium remelting and rolling facility, which is a 50/50 joint venture between Hydro and Novelis, the aluminium rolling group.

The €16.6M investment makes the Alunorf plant more versatile and viable, increasing recycling to its activities, which focus on sheet ingot casting for subsequent hot and cold rolling.

Rolled aluminium products, mostly fabricated further at Hydro’s largest plant in Grevenbroich, Germany, mainly serve applications in packaging, building, automotive and transport, printing and general engineering.