News archive 2019

On these pages, GDA offers up-to-date information on the association and interesting facts about aluminium. If you have specific questions relating to our press releases and publications, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Using aluminium to make mobility more efficient

“Mobility is a socio-political task that offers opportunities and challenges for everyone.”


Aluminium-Werke Wutöschingen investing in expansion of its Hochrhein plant

Aluminium-Werke Wutöschingen (AWW) has launched an extensive investment programme to expand its plant in the Wutach valley and secure the site’s future.


Continuity and change at the top of GDA

Dr.-Ing. Hinrich Mählmann re-elected as President of GDA / Marius Baader appointed Executive Member of GDA’s Managing Board


Gold Medal of Honour for services to the Republic of Austria © Präsidentschaftskanzlei Alexander Van der Bellen

Republic of Austria honours Christian Wellner with prestigious award

Christian Wellner, Executive Member of the Managing Board of Düsseldorf-based Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie (GDA) has received a prestigious award: Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen has honoured him with the Goldenes Ehrenzeichen (Gold Medal of Honour) for services to the Republic of Austria.


Global production of aluminium aerosol cans relatively stable in H1/2019

There has been rapid growth in the production of aluminium aerosol cans worldwide in the recent past, with a new production record being reported year after year.


HAI Group expands capacity with takeover of Hydro extrusion plant in Romania

An agreement was signed on 10 September 2019 for Hammerer Aluminium Industries (HAI) to take over Hydro’s extrusion plant in Chisineu-Cris, Romania.


Aluminium industry expecting slight economic downturn in 2019

German aluminium industry cutting back production in many areas / expectations subdued / risk situation unchanged 


EAC 2019 – programme and registration are online

The official programme for the EAC European Aluminium Congress 2019 on the theme of "Aluminium & Mobility" is now complete and registration is now open for those who would like to participate in EAC 2019.


STEP-G's office in Ladenburg, Germany

STEP-G officially takes over two companies

On 1 July 2019, ST Extruded Products Germany GmbH (STEP-G) took over the manufacturing activities of RMG Metallfachhandel GmbH and the foundry of Aluwerk Hettstedt GmbH.


Ralf Seufert with MBG employees

Hydro acquires powder coating company MBG

Hydro has acquired MBG Metallbeschichtung Gerstungen GmbH (MBG). The acquisition strengthens Hydro’s portfolio in the building systems sector.


Aluminium beverage cans improve their ecological score.

New life cycle assessment for aluminium beverage cans

A new study shows there has been a significant reduction in carbon emissions due to aluminium beverage cans over the past ten years.


Trimet Essen: 120 pots at the Essen aluminium smelter have started trial operation as a ‘virtual battery’.

Trimet starts trial operation of its ‘virtual battery’

Trimet Aluminium has begun the trial operation of its so-called ‘virtual battery’, which will allow the energy supply for aluminium production at its Essen plant to be controlled flexibly for the first time.


Aliminium Semis

Production of aluminium semi-finished products remains stable

The German aluminium semis industry can look back on a satisfactory 2018. Although there was an economic slowdown in the second half of the year, the production of semi-finished aluminium products for the year as a whole remained stable.


Hammerer Aluminium Industries (HAI) opened a new production hall in Ranshofen

Aluminium expert fit for the future

On 9 May 2019, Hammerer Aluminium Industries (HAI) opened a new production hall in Ranshofen. The Upper Austrian aluminium producer is meeting current and future requirements for leading technological expertise.


Winner 2018

International Aluminium Pressure Die Casting Competition 2020

The GDA - Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie e.V., Düsseldorf is holding for the fourth time the international Aluminium Pressure Die Casting Competition 2020.


Aluminium foundry Hettstedt

STEP-G takes over the casting business of Aluwerk Hettstedt

STEP-G takes over the casting business of Aluwerk Hettstedt GmbH, a manufacturer of casted billets and extruded profiles. With this acquisition, STEP-G has taken an important step towards expanding its business in distributing high-quality semi-finished aluminium products.


Hilde Merete Aasheim

Hilde Merete Aasheim appointed new CEO of Hydro

Hilde Merete Aasheim, currently head of Hydro’s Primary Metal business, has been appointed new president and CEO of the company. She succeeds Svein Richard Brandtzæg, who has stepped down after ten years. The appointment will be effective 8 May 2019.


Aluminium extrusion

Aluminium extrusion industry in 2019 – dead slow ahead!

Looking back at 2018, the aluminium extrusion industry held its course during the year. However, the speed was by no means steady: at the beginning of the year the captains of industry were shouting “full speed ahead” and then along came the changeover to WLTP in the second half of the year and cries of “stop engines” could be heard!