Bridgnorth Aluminium was established in July 2001, when our parent company Elval S.A, acquired the business from Alcan/Alusuisse. ELVAL is the sole Greek producer of flat rolled aluminium products with interests in construction, transport, industrial and packaging sectors. Elval is part of the holding company Viohalco, the largest metals processing group in Greece, established in 1937, with production facilities in Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and the UK. The Group specialises in the production of aluminium, copper and steel products as well as cables. It generates an annual turnover of approximately 2.5 billion Euros and employs more than 8000 people.
Prior to the 2001 acquisition the Company had firmly established itself as a quality supplier of aluminium rolled products with a pedigree going back to its formation during 1933 as Star Aluminium in Wolverhampton, in the heart of the West Midlands. Gradual expansion lead to a milestone in 1946 when production hit 50 tonnes per week. In the 1950's land on the outskirts of picturesque Bridgnorth was acquired & the current site opened. The two sites continued to run in parallel until 1981 when the Wolverhampton plant closed its doors & all activities transferred to Bridgnorth.
After four years of planning & construction the first major investment programme in "star litho" came on stream with a dedicated, state-of-the-art Litho Centre, commissioned in 1990. During 1996 production passed 1000 tonnes per week - a far cry from 50 years earlier! The Litho Centre had an original design capacity of 25,000 tonnes per annum, which today is surpassed with an annual output more than double this.
Since the acquisition by Elval further major investments have been made including a new hot mill, slitting line & annealing furnace, along with upgrades & improvements to other equipment & infrastructure, bringing to plant up to date with latest, efficient and reliable production facilities.
In 2009 Furukawa-Sky Aluminium of Japan became a minority shareholder in Bridgnorth Aluminium with a 25% equity holding. A technology sharing agreement is part of the investment arrangement and both parties work intensively on improving products and processes for the benefit of Bridgnorth's customers. In October 2013 Furukawa-Sky and Sumitomo Light Industries merged to become UACJ Corporation, the largest aluminium rolling company in Japan and a major supplier of lithographic strip in Asia Pacific.