Roland Scharf-Bergmann joins Hydro to lead and support its common activities in aluminium recycling, an area in which Hydro is evaluating further investments.
Scharf-Bergmann (47) will head the Recycling unit in Hydro's Metal Markets business area.
Scharf-Bergmann is a senior figure in the European recycling industry. He was managing director of VAW-IMCO Guss und Recycling from 2000 to 2008. From 2002 he also headed IMCO Recycling (UK) and from 2006 in addition became president of the recycling business unit in Aleris Europe.
Scharf-Bergmann served as president of the Organisation of European Aluminium Refiners and Remelters (OEA) from 2005 to 2008 and was member of the Executive Committee in the European Aluminium Association from 2006 to 2008.
He holds an engineering master's degree in non-ferrous metallurgy from the Technical University of Clausthal-Zellerfeld.
Hydro is currently stepping up its activities in aluminium recycling.
Hydro has installed 150,000 tonnes of new recycling capacity in Germany over the past three years, with the last step to be commissioned in November in Hydro's joint venture Alunorf in Neuss, and is evaluating further investments.
Hydro is already one of the world's largest remelters of aluminium, with a network of nearly 30 facilities in all key aluminium markets world wide. Hydro's activities involve remelting of process scrap from customers and other sources as well as from the company's own operations.
In 2008 Hydro remelted 1.5 million tonnes of aluminium, including coated and contaminated metal.
Hydro is Europe's leading aluminium company and a global supplier of aluminium and aluminium products. Based in Norway, the company employs 20,000 people in 40 countries and has activities on all continents.