AMG COMMENTS ON U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ANTICIRCUMVENTION INQUIRY REGARDING VANADIUM
Amsterdam, 6 May 2011 — AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V., (“AMG”, EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: “AMG”) based upon a request by its subsidiary, AMG Vanadium, to the U.S. Department of Commerce (the “Department”), was notified that the Department has initiated an anticircumvention inquiry covering vanadium pentoxide from Russia that is being converted into ferrovanadium in the United States. U.S. law provides this remedy when merchandise is imported and further processed in order to circumvent an antidumping order protecting a U.S. domestic industry and its workers.
The Department found sufficient evidence to warrant initiating a circumvention inquiry, including evidence indicating that the ferrovanadium sold in the United States is the same class or kind of merchandise as the ferrovanadium covered by the order, that the ferrovanadium sold in the U.S. is produced from vanadium pentoxide imported from Russia and further processed in the United States, and that the further processing of Russian vanadium pentoxide into ferrovanadium in the United States is a minor or insignificant process.
AMG Vanadium expects the anticircumvention inquiry to confirm these facts and to result in the imposition of antidumping duties on the imports circumventing the order.
AMG Vanadium is a leading North American producer of ferrovanadium. It uses an environmentally friendly proprietary technology for the recycling of spent refinery catalysts to produce ferrovanadium and ferronickel-molybdenum at its facility in Ohio, USA.
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 interests in publicly-listed companies Graphit Kropfmühl AG (Deutsche Börse: GKR.DE) and Timminco Limited (TSX: “TIM”).
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, 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 produces silicon metal for the chemical, aluminum, electronic and solar industries. Timminco also produces solar grade silicon, using its proprietary technology for purifying silicon metal, for the solar energy industry.
With over 2,600 employees, AMG operates globally with production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, United States, China, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, Poland, India and Sri Lanka and also has sales and customer service offices in Belgium, Russia and Japan (www.amg-nv.com).
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About AMG Vanadium LLC
AMG Vanadium LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. (“AMG”, EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: “AMG”), a global leader in the production of highly engineered specialty metal products and advanced vacuum furnace systems. Located in Cambridge, Ohio, AMG Vanadium specializes in the environmentally beneficial conversion of oil refinery and power plant waste products into specialty metals used by global steel producers in automotive, energy transmission and infrastructure applications. By using materials which would otherwise be discarded as waste, AMG Vanadium encourages environmental stewardship, energy conservation and resource recovery, making it the environmental leader in this global industry. AMG Vanadium is the North American ferrovanadium market share leader and has two primary product lines: FEROVAN®, its ferrovanadium alloy used in the production of steel to improve its strength, and FeNiMoly® which is a valuable additive utilized in the production of stainless and carbon steels.