Exlabesa, Europe’s largest independent extruder expands the aluminum remelt capacity at its Padrón facility.
In close partnership with Hertwich Engineering, a company of SMS group, Exlabesa put into operation a Hertwich continuous homogenizing plant at its Padrón-based facility in the second half of 2018. Following this investment, Exlabesa has now ordered a PR130 multi-chamber melting furnace, complete with charging unit, which will increase the capacity of the Padrón casthouse to 60,000 tons per year.
The new furnace with a capacity of 130 tons per day will be designed to process a relatively wide range of scrap: production scrap, clean profiles with lengths of up to seven meters, sawing chips, clean and lacquered scrap (shredded or in pieces), ingots and market scrap. To remelt this loose and moderately contaminated scrap, an Ecomelt-PR furnace with preheat ramp, melting chamber and main chamber will be installed. This furnace concept was developed about 20 years ago and since then has proven its worth in many casthouses.
Exlabesa is a global company that covers the complete aluminum production cycle including extrusion, coating, anodizing, machining, bending and recycling for a wide range of industrial sectors and fields of application. With a total of 22 extrusion lines (press capacities from 13 MN to 65 MN) installed at seven production centers located in the U.S.A., UK, Spain, Germany (Weseralu GmbH & Co), Poland and Morocco, Exlabesa has the capacity to produce up to 176,000 tons of profiles per year.