Lively interaction at TRIMET stand
“The lively exchange with business partners and customers confirms our assessment that the aluminium industry will continue to develop dynamically despite challenging conditions, not least resulting from politically motivated trade conflicts. We are currently working on many innovations, both on the process and the product side. Together with our customers, we are doing our best to ensure that consumers will soon benefit from these,” summarized Dr. Martin Iffert, CEO of TRIMET Aluminium SE.
Aluminium recycling was one of the thematic focal points at TRIMET’s state-of-the-art stand. The mid-sized enterprise is currently investing a high amount in the single-digit million range in new plants and processes at its recycling locations in Gelsenkirchen and Harzgerode, as well as in further improvements to environmental protection and occupational safety. TRIMET has increased productivity at the two plants with new rotary drum and hearth shaft furnaces, equipped with innovative burner and charging technology. These require less energy than the previous generation. Modernized, fully roofed storage areas and new extraction systems at both recycling locations reduce emissions while protecting the environment and raw materials.
Energy efficiency was also an important topic this year. Many visitors came to TRIMET’s stand to learn about progress on innovative flexible load transfer technologies used by the aluminium manufacturer to adapt the electrolysis process to fluctuating renewable electricity volumes. At the Essen plant, 120 furnaces are currently being converted to test the “virtual battery” on an industrial scale.
In addition to processes and products, TRIMET’s “Vocational Training for Refugees” project caught the attention of stand visitors. With the provision of additional training places for refugees, the family business is setting an example for integration. In addition to vocational training, the project also includes apprenticeships and entry qualifications, as well as language, mathematics and specialist courses. Currently, 26 young refugees from various countries are completing training or entry qualifications at the Essen, Hamburg and Voerde locations.
Held every two years in Düsseldorf, ALUMINIUM is the world’s most important trade fair for the aluminium industry. About 1,000 exhibitors from 54 nations presented the latest trends and developments in the industry from October 9 to 11, 2018 at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Center.