Hydro is expanding its Suzhou, China, plant with the addition of two new aluminum extrusion presses. The expansion will increase the company’s ability to meet local demand for products and components in the largest downstream aluminum market in the world. The investment covers the two presses, including installation, construction and auxiliary equipment. One of the new presses will be dedicated to heat- transfer components and systems, while Hydro intends to utilize the other for industrial customers who require added-value services such as fabrication or surface treatment.

Hydro plans to begin production at the first press during the middle of 2012, with production on the other press starting several months later. This will bring the number of presses at the Suzhou plant to three. The market for extruded products in China is more than 8 million metric tons, nearly three times as large as the European market. The Suzhou site delivers precision-drawn-aluminum tubing and micro-channel profiles for automotive and non-automotive heat-transfer applications.