IMCO Expand Secondary Aluminium Business

Following the completion of their acquisition of Hydro’s 50% share in their joint venture, VAW-IMCO, IMCO Recycling have announced their intention to grow their international operations.

IMCO will pay Hydro Aluminium US$32.3 million for their share of the joint venture, in the deal concluded last week. The operations formed in 1996 consist of two aluminium recycling and foundry aluminium facilities in Grevenbroich and Toging, Germany. Both of these plants will now become wholly owned subsidiaries of IMCO Recycling.

These plants had a combined capacity of 230,000 tpy. IMCO are looking to install new furnaces at both of these plants later this year. While partly replacing older furnaces, they will boost production by 15-20,000 tpy.

While they did not name specific targets, they are looking at the possible purchase of more secondary aluminium plants in south and east Europe.

IMCO are also well into discussions with Alcan regarding the construction of a further secondary aluminium plant near Manchester, UK. While a decision is expected in the next few months on the 30-35,000 tpy plant, IMCO expect that they could have the plant built within 12 months.

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