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18 January 2024

Press Metal has achieved ASI Performance Standard V3 (2022) Certification for aluminium smelting, aluminium re-melting/refining, casthouses and aluminium dross internal recovery at its subsidiary Press Metal Sarawak Sdn Bhd. in Sarawak, Malaysia. This follows Press Metal’s earlier certification of another subsidiary, Press Metal Bintulu Sdn Bhd, which was the first smelting facility to achieve ASI Performance Standard Certification in Southeast Asia in October 2022.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Press Metal has been certified for the ASI Performance Standard V3 (2022) for a second smelting facility, Press Metal Sarawak Sdn Bhd, located in Sarawak, Malaysia. The smelting plant is located in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), which draws its energy primarily from hydroelectric sources. The facility has an annual production capacity of 120,000 metric tonnes of aluminium.

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 V3 (2022) defines 11 principles and 62 criteria under three sustainability pillars – Environment, Social, and Governance – with the aim to address pressing sustainability issues in the aluminium value chain.

The independent, third-party audit of the Press Metal Sarawak Bhd. facility was carried out by DNV Business Assurance Services UK Ltd. A full listing of audit findings outlining evidence of conformances and minor non-conformances is available from page 5 of the summary audit report, linked below. One minor non-conformance is noted under Criteria 1.1 Legal Compliance. During the Certification Period, Press Metal Sarawak Bhd. will be implementing a corrective action plan, which will be verified in follow-up audits.

“We congratulate Press Metal on achieving Performance Standard Certification V3 (2022). The company’s smelters in Bintulu and Mukah, Sarawak, Malaysia are both located in areas that benefit from a high proportion of hydroelectric power. With the projections of increasing demand for primary aluminium over the next decades, even as the carbon intensity per tonne of aluminium must be dramatically reduced, it is essential for the industry to leverage low-carbon energy sources. Beyond this, ASI Performance Standard Certification enables the company to demonstrate its commitment to a full range of ESG criteria that are also key for the shift to a more sustainable aluminium sector.”

-Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative


“This certification marks another significant achievement for the Press Metal Group, underscoring our ongoing commitment to sustainable aluminium production and unwavering dedication to upholding the highest standards of sustainable and responsible practices in the industry. Our focus on transparency and responsible conduct throughout our operations is integral to this commitment. Sincere gratitude goes to our dedicated team, whose efforts have been instrumental in securing this certification. Press Metal Group remains resolute in our mission to contribute to a sustainable future within the aluminium industry.

-Choa Wei Keong, Chief Operating Officer of the Smelting Division


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