Amsterdam, 22 July 2009 — AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.’s (“AMG”, EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: “AMG”) 52.2% owned subsidiary, Timminco Limited (“Timminco” or the “Company”) (TSX:TIM) provided an update today on its solar grade silicon operations.
For the second quarter of 2009, the Company produced 243 metric tons of solar grade silicon (also known as upgraded metallurgical silicon, or “UMSi”), operating three purification lines out of an available seven lines. Due to weak market conditions in the solar photovoltaic energy industry, the Company shipped 34 metric tons in the quarter, at an average selling price of C$39 per kg.
In light of continuing weak demand for UMSi and its plan to maintain production at levels in line with customer orders, the Company is temporarily reducing its production to one purification line. This curtailment in production will allow the Company to further preserve working capital and save costs by temporarily reducing headcount by up to 60 employees. The Company expects to resume production of UMSi on the idled purification lines once demand recovers.
“Our shipments in the quarter and our decision to reduce production levels until demand recovers reflect the difficult market conditions in the current solar industry,” stated John Fenger, President and Chief Operating Officer of Timminco. “In this challenging environment, we will continue to prudently manage our costs and preserve capital while preparing for an eventual recovery of the solar market.”
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), electronics, optics, chemicals, construction and transportation industries. AMG has two operating divisions of businesses, Advanced Materials and Engineering Systems, and owns majority interests in publicly-listed companies Timminco Limited (TSX: “TIM”) and Graphit Kropfmühl AG (Deutsche Börse: GKR.DE).
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.
Timminco Limited is a majority controlled, publicly listed subsidiary 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 and magnesium products for use in a broad range of industrial applications.
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.
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: www.amg-nv.com).
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AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. +1 610 975 4901
Vice President of Corporate Communications
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