Amsterdam, 21 June 2012 — AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.’s (“AMG”, EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: “AMG”) subsidiary, Graphit Kropfmühl AG, Hauzenberg, Germany (“GK”) announces that its graphite mine in Kropfmühl, Germany has reopened. Graphite mining in Kropfmühl has become feasible due to increasing demand for high purity natural graphite and global price developments.
GK processes over 25,000 tons of natural graphite per annum. This graphite originates from GK’s mines in Africa and Asia as well as from market sources. GK intends to extract 300 tons of graphite from the Kropfmühl mine in 2012, ramping up to approximately 1,300 tons in 2013. Securing resources through the company’s own raw materials deposits is a central goal in GK’s corporate strategy. GK is developing additional graphite deposits to increase its own raw material supply, including ongoing exploration projects in Mozambique.
GK provides high purity natural graphite to the global market. Utilizing its 140 years of experience, GK is developing additional applications for high purity natural graphite such as for energy saving insulation materials and batteries for the electric car.
AMG creates and applies innovative metallurgical solutions to the global trend of sustainable development of natural resources and CO2 reduction. AMG produces highly engineered specialty metal products and advanced vacuum furnace systems for the Energy, Aerospace, Infrastructure and Specialty Metals and Chemicals end markets. AMG consists of two operating divisions, Advanced Materials and Engineering Systems, and owns an interest in publicly-listed Graphit Kropfmühl AG (Deutsche Börse: GKR.DE).
The Advanced Materials Division develops and produces specialty metals, alloys and high performance materials. AMG is a significant producer of specialty metals, such as ferrovanadium, ferronickel-molybdenum, aluminum master alloys and additives, chromium metal and ferrotitanium, for Energy, Aerospace, Infrastructure and Specialty Metal and Chemicals applications. Other key products 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, primarily for the Aerospace and Energy (including solar and nuclear) industries. Furnace systems produced by AMG include vacuum remelting, solar silicon melting and crystallization, vacuum induction melting, vacuum heat treatment and high pressure gas quenching, turbine blade coating and sintering. AMG also provides vacuum case-hardening heat treatment services on a tolling basis.
Graphit Kropfmühl AG is a majority owned, publicly listed subsidiary of AMG. Based on its secure raw material sources in Africa, Asia 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.
With over 3,000 employees, AMG operates globally with production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, United States, China, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, Poland, India and Sri Lanka and has sales and customer service offices in Belgium, Russia and Japan (www.amg-nv.com).
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AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. +1 610 975 4901
Vice President of Corporate Development and Corporate Communications
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