Hydro Increase Stake in Taiwanese Aluminium Remelt Joint Venture

Hydro has signed an agreement to increase its ownership stake in Famco from currently 45 percent to a controlling majority stake. Famco is an aluminium remelt plant in Taiwan with an initial annual production capacity of about 75,000 tons of extrusion ingot.

"This investment will strengthen Hydro's position in the Asian aluminium market. With local knowledge and Hydro's global technology support, we are confident Famco will serve our customers well," says Kjetil Ebbesberg, Excutive Vice President of Hydro's Metal Markets business area.

Expanding market
Taiwan is the third-largest extrusion market in Asia, with a total extrusion ingot consumption of about 400,000 tons - and the market is expected to show a healthy growth.

Hydro is currently supplying this market from its primary production plants in Australia and Qatar and is a full service provider to the Taiwanese extrusion market. The investment mainly serves the Taiwanese market, but is also a source for export to regional markets outside Taiwan. The plant delivers high-quality products meeting Hydro's standards.

Hydro is committed to further expanding its activity in Asia in the years to come, and the Qatalum primary aluminium smelter which started end of last year and the further development of Famco will facilitate this ambition.

Joint venture
The remaining ownership of the Famco aluminium remelt plant will continue to be held by the holding company E-Tech, in which Lawrence Cho is the main shareholder.

Famco is located in the Yunlin Industrial Estate in Yunlin County, along Taiwan's western coast. The plants equipment allows for efficient production of a wide product range, including diameters ranging from four to nine inches, as well as special alloys.

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