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INDUSTRY NEWS - HEADLINES 3 APPOINTMENTS Sapa: New business area president

Alba: Ultra upgrade Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) has upgraded the technology for its Line 6 Expansion Project from EGA DX+ to the EGA DX+ Ultra. The upgrade to the EGA DX+ Ultra Technology will boost Alba’s production to 540,000 metric tonnes per annum (mtpa), an increase of 26,000 mtpa versus prior projections. This will bring Alba’s total production capacity to approximately 1,500,000 mtpa making Alba the largest single site smelter in the world. The DX+ Ultra Technology will improve energy efficiency, which in turn will allow Alba to increase its metal production with no increase

in overall energy consumption. Alba’s Line 6 Expansion Project timeline remains on track with “first hot metal” scheduled for 1st January 2019. Commenting on the upgrade, Alba’s Director for Line 6 Smelter Project and Engineering, Shawqi Al Hashimi said: “We are very fortunate to have EGA as a partner in the Line 6 Project. “The upgrade to DX+ Ultra Technology is a game changer that will allow Alba to increase output through the use of low energy consumption technology and further strengthen Alba’s position as a leading, low cost producer.”

Alcoa delays curtailment Alcoa will delay the curtailment of its Intalco Works smelter in Ferndale, Washington until the end of the second quarter of 2016. The plant was initially scheduled to curtail by the end of the first quarter. The company announced a full curtailment of the Intalco smelter (230kmt) on November 2, 2015, with the plant’s casthouse continuing to operate. However, recent changes in energy and raw material costs have made it more cost effective in the near term to keep

the smelter operating to provide molten metal to the plant’s casthouse. Once all announced curtailments and closures are complete, the company will have removed approximately 25% operating smelting capacity and approximately 20% of operating refining capacity by mid-2016, and Alcoa globally will have 2.1 million metric tons of operating smelting capacity and 12.3 million metric tons of operating refining capacity remaining.

New Travartec plant Travartec has opened a 12K-ton production capacity plant in Rodengo Saiano (Brescia), to focus on aluminium conductors for automotive applications. The plant covers a 5,000m2 area and is equipped with a brand new 12K-tpa capacity line for the production of aluminium and aluminium alloy conductors and is focussed to develop technological Aluminium International Today

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materials for the automotive sector. The engineering and research division is crucial for the company since it develops turnkey technological solutions in close association with the production and quality departments to meet the customers’ needs at top quality levels.

Sergio Luiz Vendrasco (below) is the new president of Sapa’s Precision Tubing business area, the area in Sapa providing aluminium solutions for heat transfer applications to the automotive and HVAC&R industries.

president, aluminium and mesh belt equipment. Donofrio has a proven track record developing and executing comprehensive sales plans in his work on these furnace product lines. His leadership skills and vision are well suited to lead CAN-ENG Furnaces’ sales team and continue to develop our product offering with innovative, flexible and cost effective heat treatment solutions. Tim will have overall responsibility for CAN-ENG Furnaces’ Sales Department.

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Vendrasco has been appointed business area president of Sapa Precision Tubing, succeeding Salvador Biosca, who has taken over responsibility as business area president for Sapa Building Systems. Vendrasco will take up his new position on March 1, reporting to Sapa’s President & CEO Egil Hogna and serving as part of the corporate management team.

Norton Aluminium has appointed Trevor Bird (below) as the new general manager. The appointment was made toward the end of 2015 as part of a restructuring and strengthening of the Norton Aluminium management team. Bird, previously the company’s production manager has worked for Norton for three years, in the sector for nine years and brings with his appointment a wealth of smelting and recycling knowledge.

UC Rusal: Marketing Director, Sustainability UC RUSAL has appointed Jerome Lucaes as marketing director, sustainability. Lucaes will be responsible for leveraging RUSAL’s product stewardship and sustainability credentials including, but not limited to, the low carbon footprint of the company’s smelters. “We recognise that our customers are increasingly concerned with supply chain product stewardship and through Jerome’s appointment RUSAL has the opportunity to deliver significant value to consumers with our low carbon production footprint and commitment to sustainability practices,” Vladislav Soloviev, RUSAL’s CEO, commented.

CAN-ENG organisational changes Tim Donofrio has been promoted to the role of vice president, sales, CAN-ENG Furnaces International Limited. Mr Donofrio has held progressively responsible roles with CAN-ENG Furnaces over his 17 year tenure, most recently as vice

Rio Tinto Board changes Richard Goodmanson, nonexecutive director of Rio Tinto, who joined the board in December 2004, will be retiring from the board this year. Richard will not seek re-election as a non-executive director of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited and will retire from the board at the conclusion of the Rio Tinto Limited annual general meeting in Brisbane on 5 May 2016. Megan Clark will be appointed as chairman of the Sustainability Committee upon Richard Goodmanson’s retirement on 5 May 2016, and will also become a member of the Remuneration Committee with effect from 1 May 2016.

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