Trimet Aluminium SE has put a new rotary furnace into operation for remelting aluminium scrap.
With a capacity of around 40 tonnes, the new furnace at the company’s recycling plant in Gelsenkirchen Germany, replaces two of the three existing furnaces. “Around 90% of the aluminium in circulation is recycled, and the total quantity of recycled light metal continues to increase as a result of increasing demand. So it is only logical for us to consistently invest in expanding our capacities and modernizing our plants,” said Philipp Schlüter, chairman of the executive board of Trimet.
The furnace has a self-controlling burner system that switches between oxygen and air during the production of the fuel mixture, depending on requirements. This significantly reduces energy consumption and increases the proportion of recycled metal. In addition, the furnace is equipped with modern charging technology, which enables faster filling and can process larger quantities of material per smelting process. Along with its installation, the infrastructure and exhaust system of the secondary smelter were modernized and expanded.
At the Trimet plant in Gelsenkirchen, around 100 employees produce standard alloys and customer-specific special alloys from recycled aluminium. Most of the scrap comes from customers in the region. The remelted aluminium is often delivered to them for further processing in vehicle construction applications or in the electrical and machine-building industry.