20.10.2021 Press release

Höganäs closes its production in Niagara Falls, USA, due to hydrogen gas supply shortage

Hydrogen gas is an essential part in the production of Höganäs metal powder. Due to an unexpected hydrogen gas supply shortage, Höganäs is forced to close its production in Niagara Falls, unfortunately leading to the redundancy of 33 full time employees.

Höganäs' Niagara Falls plant

In the plant in Niagara Falls, Höganäs produces metal powder for automotive and aircraft brake pads, food fortification and water treatment. Due to the unexpected shortage in the hydrogen gas supply necessary to run an efficient production process, Höganäs will close its production affecting a total of 33 employees. The operations at Niagara Falls will stop 1 November and full plant closure will take place 1 December. 

“We are deeply sorry to announce that we need to close our production in Niagara Falls. Our main priorities are our employees and customers, and we are committed to supporting them through this difficult time. This has not been an easy decision to make, and we have worked very hard to find viable alternatives to solve the current situation,” says Fredrik Emilson, CEO of Höganäs.

The background for the decision is that in August 2021, Höganäs’ long-term supplier of hydrogen gas announced with very short notice that they were going to close, which results in the elimination of the facility’s hydrogen gas supply. Höganäs has explored all alternatives to limit the effects and find a solution to overcome this challenge.

“We have contacted all possible suppliers, but with the current severe shortage in the North American market due to high demand, we have unfortunately not been able to find a solution given the timeframe needed. Naturally we are doing our utmost in maintaining the best standards of service to our customers,” says Dean Howard, President Americas Höganäs.

For further information, please contact:

Emma Lefdal, Vice President Marketing & Corporate Communications
Mobile +46 73 51 50 80, email: emma.lefdal@hoganas.com

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