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8 February 2024
Manufacturing

Barry Salisbury Appointed Managing Director at Hydro Wrexham

Barry Salisbury. Hydro's aluminium recycler in Wrexham, UK

Wrexham native Barry Salisbury has been appointed Managing Director for Hydro’s aluminium recycling plant in Wrexham, UK.

Barry started in his position in January and comes from the role as Operations Manager at the Wrexham recycling plant. He succeeds Wayne Clifton, also from Wrexham, who was recently promoted to Head of Recycling Europe in Hydro. Salisbury will report to Clifton in his new role.

Safety and a healthy work culture is first priority Barry has a first-class bachelor’s degree with honours in Mechatronic Engineering from the University of Manchester and joined Hydro Wrexham as Maintenance Manager in 2013.

Whilst the safety of each employee at the plant is his first priority, fostering a healthy work culture is just as important for Barry.

“I am very excited and proud to take on the position as Managing Director for Hydro Wrexham. My most important task is to continue our good safety record, going six and a half years accident free, an achievement made possible thanks to our highly skilled and dedicated team. Putting safety first enables us to have the culture needed to provide a high-quality product,” he said.

During his time with the company, Barry has gained broad experience in all aspects of the plant including planning, materials optimization, logistics and production, culminating in his most recent position as Operations Manager prior to this promotion.

Product from Wrexham key for the green transition in UK and Europe Hydro Wrexham is part of the global aluminium company Hydro, and produces recycled aluminium based on post-consumer and industrial aluminium scrap.

In total, the plant produces 70,000 tonnes per year for large UK and European industries, such as building & construction. These industries need access to responsibly produced materials with a low-carbon footprint to build the infrastructure needed for the green transition.

Hydro Wrexham has a role to play here, according to Wayne Clifton, Head of Recycling Europe.

“To succeed with the green transition, we need more reliable and transparent information about where products come from and how they are produced. We have a role to play by being a safe and reliable supplier of recycled aluminium with a low-carbon footprint to key UK and European industries,” Wayne said.

One of the products produced at Hydro Wrexham is Hydro CIRCAL, a prime quality, recycled aluminium made with a minimum of 75 percent recycled post-consumer scrap, certified by an independent third party (DNV). In January, Hydro announced an updated Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) that overs the company’s European recyclers and documents an average embodied footprint from the Hydro CIRCAL production of only 1.9 kg of CO2e/kg of aluminium, down from the previous 2.3 kg of CO2e/kg of aluminium.

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