Norsk Hydro to expand UBC smelter in Germany

Smelting firm intends to double the capacity at its Neuss, Germany, plant.

June 11, 2014

Norway-based aluminum producer Norsk Hydro has announced plans to build a new, integrated smelting line for used aluminium beverage cans (UBC) at its Neuss, Germany plant (pictured at right in a photo courtesy of Norsk Hydro). The line will be completed by end 2015 and will increase the plant's existing annual capacity of 50,000 metric tons to more than 100,000 metric tons.

The facility is expected to cost around €45 million (US$61.2 million) and employ around 40 people.
In addition to more than doubling the recycling capacity at the Neuss plant, the new line will be able to accept a wide range of used beverage cans, says Norsk Hydro. The liquid aluminium metal produced at the Neuss facility will serve as input material for making new beverage cans.

“With this investment, we are meeting a growing customer demand for recycled aluminum and a closed recycling loop while pursuing our growth strategy for the beverage cans market,” says Oliver Bell, executive vice president and head of Norsk Hydro’s Rolled Products business area.

The company says the recycling line will use newly designed sensor technology for sorting and separating different types of recycled metal that was developed at Hydro’s research and development center in Bonn, Germany.