NOS News•Yesterday at 10:31 p.m•modified Yesterday at 11:05 p.m
Damco Aluminum at Farmsom in Groningen (near Delfzeigl) will stop production with immediate effect due to rising energy costs. According to the company’s board of directors, the only option is a pause “due to the very high energy prices and the lack of government support.” The decision has severe consequences for nearly 200 employees.
An Indefinite Factory Care and maintenance Place in experimental flame position. A small group of employees continue to work to perform essential tasks and quickly reproduce high-quality aluminum when conditions improve.
You need a lot of energy
A lot of energy is needed to produce aluminum. In October last year, the division that produces liquid aluminum was already closed. It actually cost about 120 jobs. Now the foundry is closed, where the purchased aluminum is melted and processed.
Damco Aluminum Delfzijl (Aldel for short) was operated in 1966 by Koninklijke Hoogovens, now Tata Steel. Aldel is a major employer in the area.
And others stopped
Today the zinc company Nyrstar in Bodle Brabant also stopped production. Both Aldel and Nyrstar were big users of electricity, which, like gas, has now broken all price records.
Economists at Rabobank predicted in a report last month that they would not be the last companies in the Netherlands to curtail or halt production. The bank sees chemicals, papermaking and metallurgy, among others, as facing difficulties.