(IN BRIEF) Hydro, a leading aluminum company, is investing NOK 67 million (EUR 6 million) to upgrade its aluminum extrusion plant in Lucé, France. The investment aims to improve the plant’s equipment, buildings, and infrastructure, enhancing its potential to become an industrial leader in the French landscape. The Lucé plant, which has been operational since 1959, operates two extrusion presses and an anodizing facility, providing custom-made and standard aluminum profiles to customers. The investment will also support a new employee development program, focusing on technical training for maintenance and process control. With approximately 160 employees, the Lucé plant is one of Hydro’s four extrusion plants in France, serving various industries globally.
(PRESS RELEASE) OSLO, 3-Aug-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — The Lucé plant operates two extrusion presses and an anodizing facility, and has been providing customers with custom-made and standard aluminium profiles since its production start in 1959.
“The Lucé plant has the people and the potential to become an industrial leader in the French landscape. The investment is going to improve the site’s ability to reach its potential,” says Roland Van der Aa, Vice President France for Hydro’s Extrusion Europe business unit.
Hydro employs about 160 people in Lucé, which is in the Chartres region, about one hour southwest of Paris.
Investing in technical improvements and in people
The new investment will be directed mainly toward technical on-site refurbishments. These will include upgrades and/or replacement of:
- Electrical equipment
- Mechanical equipment
- Hydraulic equipment
- Buildings and infrastructure
“We are also going to improve and accelerate our employee training program, for example, in maintenance and process control,” says Van der Aa.
The plant is one of Hydro’s four extrusion plants in France. The others are in Albi, Châteauroux and Puget-Sur-Argens.
Hydro Extrusions is the largest business area in Hydro, delivering tailored aluminium components and solutions to all industries, from automotive and mass transportation to building and construction, electronics, offshore and maritime. The business area serves more than 30,000 customers globally.
About Hydro Lucé
The recycling plant in Lucé has been serving key European industries since 1959. Today, the plant recycles 62,000 tonnes per year of recycled aluminum extrusion ingot, serving industries such as building and construction, automotive and transportation.
About Hydro Extrusions
Hydro Extrusions is a world-leading aluminium extrusion business counting around 100 production sites in 40 countries and employing 21,000 people. Through our unique combination of local expertise, global network, and unmatched R&D capabilities, we can offer everything from standard profiles to advanced development and manufacturing for most industries.
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SOURCE: Norsk Hydro ASA