Hertwich Engineering, a company of the SMS group, is active worldwide with design, supply, construction and commissioning of machinery and equipment for the aluminium industry, foremost aluminium casthouses.

Constellium Extrusions Dĕčín s. r.o., Czech Republic, has placed an order with Hertwich Engineering, a member of the SMS group, for a further continuous homogenizing plant including helical ultrasonic testing station and billet saw for aluminium extrusion billets. With a capacity of 9 tons per hour, the new homogenizing furnace is considerably larger and more powerful than the plant for 3 tons per hour delivered in 2016. It is scheduled to go into operation in  first semester 2019.

At the turn of the year, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) Jebel Ali, UAE successfully commissioned the fifth Hertwich batch furnace plant for the heat treatment of extrusion billets at the Jebel Ali plant. At the same time, Hertwich Engineering, a subsidiary of the SMS group, received an order for the supply of three additional batch furnaces, two cooling stations and a series of modifications to plant components previously supplied. When this order is completed in 2019, Jebel Ali will have a total of four continuous and ten modern batch homogenisation plants for the flexibly automated heat treatment of extrusion billets.