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Introduction

Welcome to our Digital Activity Report 2018-2019! To find out what you can expect from this report, press play to watch a short video with our Director General.

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DIGITAL ACTIVITY REPORT 2018-2019

Q&A with our chairman

Our chairman Emilio Braghi, Senior Vice President and President at Novelis Europe, looks ahead at 2019.

Can you summarise the key challenges for the industry in 2019?

First, as an industry with a strongly interlinked value chain, we are concerned by the unilateral trade measures that seem to be symptomatic of this new trade era. Any unilateral measure will have unintended consequences for our value chains, for our jobs and future investments.

Secondly, stricter climate change and energy regulations mean that European companies face higher compliance costs than in other regions, which affects our competitiveness. The European aluminium industry has been a catalyst for job creation, innovation, and growth, as well as for sustainability and recycling. We need to make sure that the regulatory framework allows us to continue doing so.

Finally, we see a significant amount of aluminium scrap leaking out of Europe, meaning aluminium scrap being shipped outside of Europe instead of being recycled here. This hinders the growth of a circular economy, which strives to retain resources close to the point of use and reuse or recycle and at the same time creates wealth, employment and environmental benefit in Europe.

2019 is not a “business as usual” year for Brussels. Brexit and European Parliament elections are approaching. What would be your message to candidates and leaders of the European Union before this happens?

The upcoming years will be decisive for everyone in Europe. I’d like to stress to policy leaders that an ambitious and strong Europe is only possible with good governance for trade, sustainability, and innovation. We need a holistic industrial policy at the EU level to create the conditions that will allow our industries to shine and Europe to become the most innovative economy in the world.

Can you rank the top five topics of the association for the next five years?

It is impossible to rank five topics in order of importance; they are all equally important to the future of our industry!

Of course, trade will remain an important topic for the association as we deal with unilateral trade measures and other global challenges. Other key topics include sustainability and innovation, which must go hand in hand to achieve Europe’s ambitious climate goals. Our upcoming Vision 2050 report will contribute to this discussion. Circular economy/recycling, climate, and energy will be high on our agenda too.

Pictured: Emilio Braghi with European Aluminium's staff and Director General Gerd Götz

Emilio Braghi
European Aluminium Chairman elected for the 2019-2021 term

Executive committee

Emilio Braghi

Emilio Braghi

Chairman
Roberta Niboli

Roberta Niboli

European Aluminium Vice Chairman
Peter Basten

Peter Basten

European Aluminium Treasurer
Constantin Catsaros

Constantin Catsaros

Member of the Executive Committee
Rob van Gils

Rob van Gils

Member of the Executive Committee
Jack Govers

Jack Govers

Member of the Executive Committee
Egil Hogna

Egil Hogna

Member of the Executive Committee
István Katus

István Katus

Member of the Executive Committee
Simon Pelletier

Simon Pelletier

Member of the Executive Committee
Philipp Schlüter

Philipp Schlüter

Member of the Executive Committee
Tómas Már Sigurdsson

Tómas Már Sigurdsson

Member of the Executive Committee
Roman Stiftner

Roman Stiftner

Member of the Executive Committee

Our members

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Market overview