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21 November 2022

Press Metal Bintulu Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Press Metal Aluminium Holdings Berhad (“Press Metal”) has achieved ASI Performance Standard V2 (2017) Certification for its aluminium smelting, re-melting/refining, casting and aluminium dross internal recovery activities at the Sarawak, Malaysia facility. It is the first smelting operation to achieve ASI Certification in Southeast Asia.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Press Metal Bintulu Sdn Bhd has been certified against the ASI Performance Standard. The facility has an annual production capacity of 960,000 tonnes in the form of ingots, billets, primary foundry alloys and wire rods. Press Metal International Ltd. in Foshan, China, another subsidiary of Press Metal, also received Performance Standard Certification with Provisional status for its extrusion activities in September 2022.

The ASI Certification program was developed through an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation process and is the only comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative for the aluminium value chain. The ASI Performance Standard defines environmental, social and governance principles and criteria, with the aim to address sustainability issues in the aluminium value chain. It sets out 59 criteria under the three sustainability pillars of Environment, Social, and Governance, which address key issues such as biodiversity, labour rights, Indigenous Peoples rights, and greenhouse gas emissions.

The independent, third-party audit of the Press Metal Bintulu Sdn Bhd operation was carried out by DNV Business Assurance Services UK Ltd.

“We congratulate Press Metal for achieving Performance Standard Certification for the smelting, re-melting/refining and casting activities at its Press Metal Bintulu Sdn Bhd facility. The carbon footprint of the facility’s production process draws benefit from local renewable energy via hydropower. The ASI Performance Standard’s criteria go further to address a full spectrum of environmental, social and governance issues, and the company’s ASI Certification demonstrates its broad commitment to responsible business practices.”

– Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI

We are delighted that Press Metal Bintulu Sdn Bhd has achieved the Performance Standard Certification, meeting ASI’s world-class environmental, social and governance standards. This marks an important milestone in our efforts and unceasing commitment towards shaping sustainable operations. The production of low-carbon aluminium is our core business strategy in creating a greener world. By aligning with ASI standards, we are assured that our sustainability management will be further strengthened, reinforcing our stature as a responsible Aluminium producer.”

– Mr Choa Wei Keong, Group General Manager (Smelting Division)

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