Hydro's remelt and recycling plant in Henderson, Kentucky, suffered an explosion in a melting furnace on Tuesday, January 22. No personnel were injured in the explosion, but the melting furnace was damaged, making the plant temporarily unable to produce casthouse products.
With a large production network in the U.S., Hydro is currently working to secure metal from other sources so that customer impact will be as limited as possible.
In the short term, it is expected that customer disruption will be very limited. However, it is still unclear how many weeks the plant will remain out of operation.
It is too early to say what the cause of the explosion was, and Hydro is mobilizing internal resources to form an investigation team.
Hydro's remelt and recycling plant in Henderson has a production capacity of 90,000 metric tons per year (about 185 million pounds). The plant produces extrusion ingot from extrusion process scrap and from post-consumer scrap, supplying mainly the aluminium extrusion business in the US Midwest.