AMG UPDATES PROGRESS ON AMG ALUMINUM
Amsterdam, 3 April 2012 (Regulated Information) — AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. (“AMG”, EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: “AMG”) is beginning the next phase in the coordination of AMG Aluminum’s six production sites in Europe, Asia, South America and North America and the integration of its global customer service activities. This ongoing coordination is essential to improve operational efficiencies and to provide seamless customer service to the global aluminum industry. AMG Aluminum is the world’s largest provider of aluminum master alloys and grain refiners.
AMG has appointed Mr. Julien Crisnaire as President of AMG Aluminum to lead this initiative. Mr. Crisnaire will succeed Mr. Rick Malliris, who is retiring on June 30, 2012.
Mr. Crisnaire has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a MBA, both from the University of Delaware and has served in the Corporate Development department of AMG and as Operations Director of AMG Conversion Ltd. He was instrumental in the acquisition of KB Alloys, LLC, an integral part of AMG Aluminum. Mr. Crisnaire will focus initially on improving operational performance globally and customer service at AMG Aluminum.
Dr. Heinz Schimmelbusch, AMG’s Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, said “We all want to thank Rick Malliris for his contributions to AMG Aluminum and wish him the best in retirement. Rick and his 47 years of service to the global aluminum industry were essential in the formation and growth of AMG Aluminum.”
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 controlled, 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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