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Ebner Furnaces: part of the aluminum revolution

May 30, 2014

US subsidiary of Austrian EBNER installs two HICON technology furnaces for Alcoa aluminum plant in Riverdale, Iowa

In order to keep up with the demand for high volume, high quality aluminum components, the US firm ALCOA recently purchased and installed a floater furnace and pusher-type furnace from the Austrian firm EBNER Industrieofenbau GmbH for the manufacturing and processing of aluminum alloys. EBNER established its US subsidiary EBNER Furnaces in Wadsworth, Ohio in 1987. The floater furnace philosophy involves high cooling gradients after heat treatment to ensure homogenous strip. Ten years ago, EBNER installed a roller-hearth furnace at the same facility.

Alcoa, the third largest aluminum smelter in the world is declaring 2014 “the year of the aluminum car” in the midst of what they describe as the aluminum product revolution. EBNER is following the trend for light-weight metal components to a wide range of industries from automotive and aerospace to packaging with a surge in furnace orders. The company has an edge over competition: not only can it navigate sophisticated high-tech quality requirements, but it also earns points for high energy efficiency and low cycle times. This translates to favorable return on investment for consistent quality in high volume production.