HydroGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel, Hydro CEO Svein Richard Brandtzaeg and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, from left, hold a light car’s door made of aluminium during the opening of a new automotive line of Norwegian aluminium producer Hydro in Grevenbroich, Germany, {wdat]. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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Hydro opened automotive facility

Erna Solberg and Angela Merkel were both in place when Hydro opened its new automotive production facility in Grevenbroich, Germany.

Hydro has invested NOK 1 billion in the plant, which will produce 150,000 ton of aluminum parts every year.

The cars should go to customers like Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

“This is the most modern European automotive factory that wants to produce lighter cars with less CO2 emissions,” said Hydro’s CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg to NTB.

He is delighted to lure Prime Minister Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Erna Solberg to the opening.

Merkel called the project an example of good, practical and modern cooperation between Norway and Germany.

In her speech, she also demonstrated the good cooperation between Norway and Germany in international organizations, such as NATO, and at the practical level, as in the fight against the ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Collaborative project

Brandtzæg calls the plant a European cooperation project that extends from the fjords in Norway to industrial cities in Germany.

“The automotive industry in both Europe and the rest of the world is increasingly turning from steel to aluminum. That process is in full swing, “said the CEO.

“With aluminum you get significantly easier cars. This allows them to be made with a smaller engine.

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In addition, you get better driving skills because there is less mass that vibrates and moves. And if you are unlucky and colliding, you have much better chances of survival in a car made of aluminum.

Aluminum absorbs the energy of the air twice as well as steel, “he says. … read more on- http://norwaytoday.info/finance/hydro-received-two-prime-ministers/

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