AMG affiliate Timminco announces long-term contracts for silicon metal supply - AMG Corporate

AMG affiliate Timminco announces long-term contracts for silicon metal supply

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Amsterdam, 18 February 2010 — AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.’s (“AMG,” EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: “AMG”) 42.5% owned affiliate, Timminco Limited (“Timminco”; TSX: TIM) that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bécancour Silicon Inc. (“Bécancour”), has executed long-term contracts to supply approximately 90,000 metric tons of silicon metal over the next five years to one of its long-standing silicon metal customers.  These contracts confirm and extend this customer’s purchase commitments made in the fourth quarter of 2009 and that led to the restart the third silicon metal electric arc furnace at Bécancour, as announced on October 16, 2009.


“This customer commitment reflects the growing demand for silicon metal products from our traditional chemical, aluminium and polysilicon industry customers,” said Mr. René Boisvert, President and CEO of Bécancour.  “We are currently producing silicon metal at capacity, operating all three of our silicon metal furnaces, to satisfy the increased demand.  We intend to satisfy our commitments under these contracts through our existing production capacity at Bécancour.”


The customer has committed to buy certain base quantities in each of the contract years 2010 through 2014, subject to adjustments at the customer’s option.  The volume commitments may also be suspended for any year after 2010 if the parties are unable to settle upon pricing within mutually agreed ranges.


About AMG


AMG, incorporated in the Netherlands, is a global leader in the production of highly engineered specialty metal products and advanced vacuum furnace systems.  AMG serves growing industries worldwide with its unique combination of metallurgical engineering expertise and production know-how.  AMG is a market leader in many of its products and systems, which are critical to the production of key components for the aerospace, energy (including solar and nuclear), infrastructure and specialty chemicals and metals industries.  AMG has two operating units – Advanced Materials and Engineering Systems, and owns interests in publicly-listed companies Graphit Kropfmühl AG (Deutsche Börse: GKR.DE) and Timminco Limited (TSX: “TIM”).


The Advanced Materials Division develops and produces niche specialty metals and complex metals products, many of which are used in demanding, safety-critical, high-stress environments.  AMG is one of a limited number of significant producers globally of niche specialty metals, such as ferrovanadium, ferronickel-molybdenum, aluminum master alloys and additives, chromium metal and ferrotitanium, used by steel, aluminum, chemical and superalloy producers for aerospace, automotive, energy, electronics, optics, chemicals, construction and other applications.  Other key products produced by AMG include specialty alloys for titanium and superalloys, coating materials, tantalum and niobium oxides, vanadium chemicals and antimony trioxide.


The Engineering Systems Division designs, engineers and produces advanced vacuum furnace systems and operates vacuum heat treatment facilities.  AMG is a global leader in supplying technologically-advanced vacuum furnace systems to customers in the aerospace, energy (including solar and nuclear), transportation, electronics, superalloys and specialty steel industries.  Examples of furnace systems produced by AMG include vacuum remelting, solar silicon melting and crystallization, vacuum induction melting, vacuum heat treatment and high pressure gas quenching, vacuum precision casting, turbine blade coating and sintering.  AMG also provides vacuum case-hardening heat treatment services on a tolling basis to customers through facilities equipped with vacuum heat treatment furnaces.


Graphit Kropfmühl AG is a majority controlled, publicly listed subsidiary of AMG.  Based on its secure raw material sources in Africa, China and Europe, Graphit Kropfmühl is a specialist in the production of silicon metal and the extraction, processing and refining of natural crystalline graphite for a wide range of energy saving industrial applications. 


Timminco Limited is a publicly listed affiliate of AMG.  Timminco is a leader in the production of upgraded metallurgical silicon for the rapidly growing solar photovoltaic energy industry.   Timminco also produces silicon metal for use in a broad range of industrial applications.


AMG operates globally with production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Sri Lanka and Australia and also has sales and customer service offices in Belgium, Russia, China and Japan (website:  



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AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.      +1 610 975 4901

Jonathan Costello

Vice President of Corporate Communications





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