A German research institution and valuable friend of the magnesium industry suffered a serious fire on July 27. HZG, a government research laboratory near Hamburg, had a fire in a 400-square-meter hall where metal alloys for the automotive and aircraft industries are researched. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was not related to magnesium.
“Magnesium stored in the hall was not affected by the fire,” said HZG-Press Officer Torsten Fischer.
While the damage to the building and research facilities is likely to run into the millions, the overall impact on the work done there is manageable.
“The fire will affect only a small part of our research,” said Dr. Karl Kainer, Director of the Magnesium Innovation Centre. “Basic research is not affected and the activities of only five of our 70 colleagues are impacted.”