01

Introduction

Welcome to our Digital Activity Report 2017! To find out what you can expect from this report, press play to watch a short video with our Director General.

Scroll
DIGITAL ACTIVITY REPORT 2017

A word from our chairman

This is a challenging yet exciting time for the aluminium industry. The US tariffs on foreign aluminium under Section 232 have placed our industry in the spotlight and highlighted that it’s never been so important to secure a stable and global level playing field for aluminium.


Global excess capacities, particularly in China, are distorting international trade flows and creating market imbalances. We sincerely hope this issue will be addressed this year via appropriate global fora and EU trade defence tools. Our continuing efforts to promote free and fair trade and our two-year campaign on EU Anti-Dumping Regulation has proved to be instrumental in placing the issue high on the policy agenda.


On the other hand, we continue to see growing demand for aluminium products in a range of strategic applications, including mobility, packaging and construction. In addition, EU policymakers have adopted several legislative proposals, including the Clean Energy Package and the anti-dumping Regulation Agreement, which can help to make our cluster-driven industry more competitive in the years to come.


However, to sustain this momentum, we need to address several other challenges affecting all our members throughout the value chain.


Firstly, the EU should equip itself with adequate Energy Union governance, setting long-term targets for CO2 reduction and reindustrialisation of our economies. A strong value chain is pivotal to industrial development in Europe; this needs a robust industrial policy aligned to energy and climate goals.


This is part of the shift to a low-carbon society; aluminium is already making a massive contribution to Europe’s transition. Its role in lightweighting vehicles to reduce CO2 emissions is just one example. As our industry’s Sustainability Roadmap Towards 2025 demonstrates, we are ardent supporters of the post-COP21 world; we will continue to boost our sustainability efforts.


Secondly, if the EU wishes to advance the circular economy, it must take measures to prevent aluminium scrap for recycling leaking from Europe. This means setting realistic recycling targets, considering all recovery options and using the correct methods for calculating recycling. With its capacity for endless recyclability, aluminium has all the properties needed to become the circular material of choice. However, these measures need to be taken and scrap must be easily accessible on a regional level.


Last, if we are to deliver a sustainable future and tackle technological challenges, innovation must remain a priority both for industry and legislators. The EU funding for our Innovation Hub’s RemovAL project is an outstanding example of how a strong innovation-driven policy could benefit our industry and contribute to Europe’s sustainability objectives.


In this first digital European Aluminium Activity Report, our industry is anticipating future policy direction, allowing us to take steps towards realising Europe’s vision and ambitions for a revitalised industry and a sustainable society. This is why we have launched our Industry+ manifesto; a voluntary initiative designed to inspire Europe’s decision makers to imagine a renewed, refreshed and dynamic industry, promoting action and guiding the debate for the coming political cycle and beyond.


Driven through constructive dialogue, reliable data and collective determination, we will continue to demonstrate to legislators that our ambition matches theirs, helping shape the wider industrial policy agenda that will make it a reality.

Kjetil M. Ebbesberg
European Aluminium Chairman

Executive committee

Kjetil M. Ebbesberg

Kjetil M. Ebbesberg

European Aluminium Chairman
Roberta Niboli

Roberta Niboli

European Aluminium Vice Chairman
Peter Basten

Peter Basten

European Aluminium Treasurer
Emilio Braghi

Emilio Braghi

Member of the Executive Committee
Dr Constantin Catsaros

Dr Constantin Catsaros

Member of the Executive Committee
Jack Govers

Jack Govers

Member of the Executive Committee
Simon Pelletier

Simon Pelletier

Member of the Executive Committee

Tómas Már Sigurdsson

Member of the Executive Committee
Roman Stiftner

Roman Stiftner

Member of the Executive Committee

Our members

02
Market overview