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ASI welcomes Mozal SA as new Production & Transformation member

ASI is pleased to announce that Mozal SA has joined as a new Production & Transformation member, bringing the total number of ASI Members working towards a responsible aluminium value chain to 141.

About Mozal SA

Mozal SA is a primary aluminum smelter and transport infrastructure, just 20 kilometers west of Mozambique’s capital city, Maputo. The land where the smelter is located was originally farming land and through negotiation, the farmers agreed to be relocated with compensation and new dwellings. Construction of Mozal operations started nearly 20 years ago, and included a new berth at the nearby port of Matola, access roads and a bridge. Not long after the smelter opened in late 2000 expansion plans were already underway to double its capacity. Backed by a US$2 billion investment, the smelter was the largest private investment in the country and the first large, direct foreign investment, helping rebuild Mozambique after a period of unrest.South32 owns 47.1 per cent of Mozal Aluminium, while Mitsubishi Corporation Metals Holding GmbH holds 25 per cent, Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited owns 24 per cent and the Government of the Republic of Mozambique holds 3.9 per cent (through preference shares).

Mozal produces approximately 575,000 tons of primary aluminium per annum of which 9% is sold annually to a downstream business, Midal cables international located next to the smelter.

Mozal joined ASI as part of our business strategy to improve transparency and deliver on international performance standards in the area of Environmental, Sustainability and Governance.  We believe to produce a product in a responsible way and minimize impacts to environment, people & community and maintain our license to operate in Mozambique.  ASI will help us improve our ESG performance and assist us to learn and incorporate world class performance standards.

– Emile Muller, Manager Business Improvement

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