Latem Aluminium commissions SMS Group to supply an aluminium cold rolling mill for its new plant in the Spanish province of Castilla y León.
SMS Group and Spanish aluminum manufacturer Latem Aluminium have announced their partnership to bring about sustainable aluminum production in the province of Castilla y León in northern Spain. During the Aluminium trade fair in Düsseldorf, Macario Fernández, CEO of Latem Aluminium, and Michael Schäfer, Executive Vice President Flat Products of SMS Group, jointly presented the circular economy project for aluminum.
The first aluminium coil is scheduled to be produced in April 2024
For the ambitious newcomer project on the aluminum market, SMS supplies a state-of-the-art aluminum cold rolling mill including ancillary facilities for environmentally friendly and sustainable plant operation. The first coil is scheduled to be produced on the new aluminum cold rolling mill in April 2024.
Latem plans major investment in aluminium recycling
The cold rolling mill is part of Latem Aluminium’s major investment project to install plants for recycling aluminium and aluminium alloys and production facilities for aluminium products in the region of northern Spain. A melting plant for aluminium scrap that the Spanish manufacturer recently acquired has already started operation. A total of about 2,000 new jobs are expected to be created.
High-end aluminium cold rolling mill including highly efficient cleaning and filter technology
The new cold rolling mill, coupled with expertise from SMS, will support Latem Aluminium in bringing tailor-made aluminum products to market. The six-high mill, equipped with SMS Group’s developed CVC plus technology (Continuous Variable Crown) for work roll and intermediate roll shifting, combined with further actuators for flexible and precise roll gap setting, will be fully capable of producing cold strip in widths of up to 2,200 mm. The mill comes with fully automatic coil and spool handling for efficient operation. SMS Group supplies a fully harmonized mechatronic plant solution, incorporating the mechanical equipment and the proven modules of the X-Pact electrical and automation systems that are specifically dedicated to the process of aluminium rolling. The scope of supply further includes auxiliaries such as the rolling oil recovery system and the CO2 fire extinguishing system.
Sustainable aluminium production in northern Spain
The advanced rolling technology is in line with Latem Aluminium’s commitment to the environment. SMS Group will supply a Multiplate filter to clean the used rolling oil. An Airwash system that recovers rolling oil for economic and ecological reuse cleans the exhaust air
Macario Fernández, CEO of Latem Aluminium: “We can always count on SMS Group’s technology and are looking forward to the production process.”
Michael Schäfer, Executive Vice President Flat Products at SMS Group, stresses: “Europe is a key market for SMS Group. Besides our long-term customers, we support newcomers like Latem Aluminium with our expertise and economical and sustainable solutions for their successful market entry.”