Rusal invests in US mill after sanctions lifted

MOSCOW: Russian aluminium giant Rusal on Monday announced plans for its first investment in the United States since sanctions against the company were lifted.
The US sanctions, which targeted oligarchs close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, were imposed on Rusal last year and only removed in January after owner Oleg Deripaska divested and resigned his seat on the board.
Rusal on Monday said it would partner with US manufacturer Braidy Industries Inc “to establish a joint project in Ashland, Kentucky, USA to produce flat rolled aluminium products for the US automotive industry”.
The factory “will be the widest US-based cold rolling mill” and “will aid towards rebalancing the anticipated deficit of the auto body sheet in the US market,” Rusal said in a statement.
Rusal, the world’s largest aluminium maker outside of China, will hold a 40 per cent share in the project and be the exclusive supplier to the factory.
It will therefore be subject to the 10 per cent tariff on aluminium imports announced by US President Donald Trump last year.
Rusal will initially invest $200 million in the $1.7 billion project, executives of both companies told S&P Global Platts.
The company took a hit last year when Russian billionaire Deripaska was included the US Treasury’s sanctions which sought to punish Putin’s inner circle for Moscow’s alleged interference in the politics of Western democracies. — Reuters