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2 April 2024

Nemak S.A.B de C.V (Nemak) has achieved ASI Performance Standard V3 (2022) Certification at three of its global production facilities in Poland, Slovakia and Brazil. All three facilities produce aluminium components for the automotive industry.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Nemak has been certified against the ASI Performance Standard V3 at three facilities globally, Nemak Slovakia s.r.o., near Ladomerská Vieska, Slovakia, Nemak Poland Sp. z o.o. in Bielsko-Biała, Poland and Nemak Alumínio do Brazil Ltda. in Betim, Mato Grosso, Brazil. The three facilities produce a range of automotive components. The Slovakia facility manufactures engine blocks, transmission cases, and housings for electric engines. The Poland facility specialises in high-pressure die casting (HPDC), with production departments focused on powertrain components and vehicle structural parts. The Brazil facility produces aluminium engine blocks, cylinder heads, and transmissions.

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 audits of the Poland and Slovakia facilities were carried out by TÜV Rheinland Cert GmbH and the third-party audit of the Brazil 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. Eight minor non-conformances are noted in the Nemak Slovakia s.r.o. audit report under Criteria 2.3b Environmental and Social Management Systems – Social, 2.7a-f Emergency Response Plan, 2.10a-b Closure, Decommissioning and Divestment, 4.4a-c Collection and Recycling of Products at End of Life – Material Conversion and other Manufacturing, 6.1a-f Emissions to Air, 6.3a-g Assessment and Management of Spills and Leakages, 10.3a-c Forced Labour and 10.6a-g Violence and Harassment. Seven minor non-conformances are noted in the Nemak Poland Sp. z o.o. audit report under Criteria 2.10a-b Closure, Decommissioning and Divestment, 4.1a Environmental Life Cycle Assessment, 4.4a-c Collection and Recycling of Products at End of Life – Material Conversion and other Manufacturing, 9.2a-e Gender Equity and Women’s Empowerment, 10.3a-c Forced Labour, 10.6a-g Violence and Harassment and 11.1b-e Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management System – Reviews and disclosure. No non-conformances were found during the audit of Nemak Alumínio do Brazil Ltda. During the Certification Period, Nemak will be implementing a corrective action plan, which will be verified in follow-up audits.

“We congratulate Nemak on achieving Performance Standard Certification at its Brazil, Poland and Slovakia production facilities. This certification not only highlights Nemak’s dedication to implementing environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing practices and policies, but also the key role of aluminium in advancing the automotive industry towards more sustainable and efficient mobility solutions. Aluminium’s exceptional strength-to-weight ratio coupled with its recyclability at the vehicle’s end-of-life aligns with a circular economy approach. We encourage more companies to adopt this mindset in their design and production of new products.”

– Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI

“At Nemak, our commitment to responsible practices and our holistic approach to sustainability are the cornerstones of our operations. The ASI Performance Standard Certification highlights our pledge to not only environmental stewardship but also to upholding human rights and ethical principles, ensuring that every step we take contributes to a more sustainable future.”

– Sabine Sigle, Global Sustainability Sr Manager at Nemak

“With the ASI Performance Standard Certification, Nemak positions itself at the forefront of sustainable transformation within the Aluminum value chain. ASI’s overarching approach ensures that all facets of sustainability are not just acknowledged but embraced in all aspects of our operations. Beyond compliance, ASI certification offers risk mitigation, transparency in our supply chain practices, and a commitment to continuous improvement, fostering innovation in our quest for a more sustainable future of the automotive industry. Together, we pave the way for a greener and more responsible future for the automotive industry.”

– Marc Winterhalter, VP Purchasing & Sustainability at Nemak

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