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Almatis Constructs New Calcines Facility

China is the largest steel producing nation in the world and there is significant growth potential in ceramics applications throughout the region as well. By increasing the calcines capacity, Almatis will be able to support their customers’ growth with the latest production technology, lower shipping costs and shorter delivery times. Ground breaking for the new facility, which will be integrated with the existing Huangdao (Qingdao) tabular plant, took place on October 18, 2010. The plant will be mechanically completed by the end of 2011 and commence production in early 2012. Almatis business activities in China date back to 1998 when the Huangdao processing plant was established to manufacture crushed and sized alumina products. Almatis opened its expanded and fully integrated tabular alumina facility in Huangdao in 2006. In addition to its regional head quarters in Huangdao, Almatis has a sales office in Shanghai. Currently Almatis employs about 150 people in China, which is expected to grow when the calcines plant goes into production in 2012. (04/2011)

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