Eveonrstlruactmion Bis eungdeirnwasy iCn oofnﬁces, tcurstuomcertainod tenchnoicafl sFervuicetuteraem Handeeampdloqyeeus aallrgtaethrersed
Mechelen, Belgium, on Ever- and R&D/innovation center.
in early December 2016 for the
lam’s international headquar- Mechelen’s mayor, Bart Somers, Ev- ground-breaking ceremony. The new
ters. The facility will house the head erlam’s board of directors, leadership building will consolidate all main func-
tions that are currently split across
The center will provide the com-
pany’s employees with a modern,
well-equipped and stimulating en-
vironment to foster innovation and
business development. Mechelen,
centrally located in Europe, offers ac-
cess to a highly qualiﬁed, multilingual
workforce and is the perfect location
to support our customers,” says Dr.
Greg Parekh, Everlam chairman.
Harald Hammer, Everlam CEO, adds,
Our new HQ marks a major step in
Members of Everlam’s leadership team were joined by Mechelen’s mayor, building an independent, sustainable
Bart Somers (ﬁfth from left ), for a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of company serving the architectural lam-
the company’s new headquarters.
inated safety glass market ...”
a statement saying the U.S. complaint banding together to promote and de-
Board members include represen-
lacked a factual basis,” Reuters re- fend what it considers to be “free and tatives from extrusion companies and
trade associations who will represent
ported.“China’s aluminum market is fair trade.”
a highly competitive and marketized
Industry members from North their country or region on fair trade
industry,” it said.“Relevant loans and America, South America, Australia, matters. Jason Weber, director of in-
raw material purchases are all fully New Zealand, the Gulf States and Is- ternational market intelligence for
marketized and commercial. The so- rael have formed the International Fair Sapa Extrusion North America, was
called subsidy problem claimed by Trade Alliance (IFTA).
the United States does not exist.” The IFTA is guided by a board of
“IFTA believes that a network of
The USTR ofﬁce claims that from directors made up of representatives market-based aluminum extrusion
007-2015, Chinese primary alumi- from aluminum extrusion manufac- companies and associations can
num production increased by ap- turers and trade organizations. Ac- work together to support, teach and
proximately 154 percent and capacity cording to a news release from the advocate fair trade practices at a na-
increased by approximately 243 per- new alliance, its mission is to “pro- tional and international level,” says
cent,while global prices fell by approx- mote the progress and development Weber.
imately 46 percent. USTR notes that of the industry in areas of free and
Other board members include:
during the same period, U.S. primary fair trade, cooperate with government Duncan Crowdis, Aluminum Extrud-
aluminum production decreased by ofﬁcials and government agencies on ers Council (U.S./Canada); Michael
approximately 37 percent and capac- matters affecting the industry, and Gil Gmez, Alumina S.A. (Colombia);
ity decreased by approximately 46 foster greater and freer networking Lewis Saragossi, Australian Alumi-
percent, even though overall U.S. con- among global aluminum extrusion num Extrusion Association (Austra-
sumption increased. The number of industry professionals.”
U.S. aluminum smelters fell from 14
Jeff Henderson, president of the Alu- Gulf Aluminum Council (Gulf States);
in 2011 to ﬁve in 2016, with only one minum Extruders Council, will serve Jochen Mnch, Corporacin Ecuatoriana
operating at full capacity. as IFTA’s executive director. His Chi- de Aluminio Cedal S.A. (Ecuador);
lia/New Zealand); Mahmoud Daylami,
Also related to international alumi- cago-based management company the Roy Shenkar, Klil Industries (Israel);
num matters, a group of aluminum Sanford Organization (TSO) will over- and Mike Flynn, Apel Extrusions
extruders from around the globe is see the newly formed group.
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