KAISER ALUMINUM, HOOGOVENS FORM ALLIANCE IN EXTRUDED ALUMINUM PRODUCTSHOUSTON, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation's Extruded Products Division and Hoogovens Aluminium Profiltechnik GmbH announced today that they have signed a strategic alliance for the development and marketing of soft-alloy extrusions for the automotive and other industries.
As part of the agreement, Hoogovens and Kaiser expect to identify and jointly undertake research and development projects and investigate worldwide opportunities and strategies in the aluminum extrusion business.
"We are delighted to form this alliance with Hoogovens because of the company's excellent reputation, technical competence, and access to the European market," said James T. Owen, vice president, extruded products, for Kaiser Aluminum. "In turn, we believe we can contribute a strong manufacturing and technical base as well as North American market access.
"With the globalization of the automotive market and its supply base, this link between our two companies will provide auto manufacturers with the ability to source material in both Europe and North America," Owen said.
"We are very pleased with this agreement," said Dr. Werner J. Graf, chief executive officer of Hoogovens Aluminium Profiltechnik in Vogt, Germany. "I see a lot of potential synergy, and I am sure our customers are going to benefit from it."
Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation is the operating subsidiary of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation (NYSE NYSE
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See: American Stock Exchange : MXM). Hoogovens Aluminium Profiltechnik GmbH, a subsidiary of Hoogovens Aluminium GmbH in Koblenz, belongs to Hoogovens Groep, the Netherlands.
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