October 6, 2008
AMG Subsidiary Timminco Provides Update on Solar Grade Silicon Operations
AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. ("AMG") (EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: AMG) announced that its 50.4% subsidiary Timminco Limited ("Timminco") (TSX: TIM) is providing an update on the production and operations of its solar grade silicon product line for its third quarter ended September 30, 2008.
For the third quarter, Timminco produced 342 metric tons (mt) of solar grade silicon and shipped 300 mt, bringing 2008 year to date shipments of solar grade silicon to more than 600 mt. Production and shipments increased sequentially each month during the quarter, with September production reaching a record monthly volume. The ramp up of production continues and operational improvements are being implemented. All of the material shipped during the quarter was within customer specification.
Timminco reiterates its guidance for shipments in 2008 in the range of 1,200 to 1,500 mt of solar grade silicon.
Timminco will provide additional details on the progress of its solar grade silicon production when it releases third quarter results in November 2008.
AMG, incorporated in the Netherlands, is a global leader in the production of highly engineered specialty metal products and advanced vacuum furnace systems. AMG serves growing industries worldwide with its unique combination of metallurgical engineering expertise and production know-how. AMG is a market leader in many of its products and systems, which are critical to the production of key components for the aerospace, energy (including solar and nuclear), electronics, optics, chemicals, construction and transportation industries. AMG has two operating divisions of businesses, Advanced Materials and Engineering Systems, and owns majority interests in publicly-listed companies Timminco Limited (TSX: TIM) and Graphit Kropfmuehl AG (Deutsche Boerse: GKR.DE).
The Advanced Materials Division develops and produces niche specialty metals and complex metals products, many of which are used in demanding, safety-critical, high-stress environments. AMG is one of a limited number of significant producers globally of niche specialty metals, such as ferrovanadium, ferronickel-molybdenum, aluminum master alloys and additives, chromium metal and ferrotitanium, used by steel, aluminum, chemical and superalloy producers for aerospace, automotive, energy, electronics, optics, chemicals, construction and other applications. Other key products produced by AMG include specialty alloys for titanium and superalloys, coating materials, tantalum and niobium oxides, vanadium chemicals and antimony trioxide.
The Engineering Systems Division designs, engineers and produces advanced vacuum furnace systems and operates vacuum heat treatment facilities. AMG is a global leader in supplying technologically-advanced vacuum furnace systems to customers in the aerospace, energy (including solar and nuclear), transportation, electronics, superalloys and specialty steel industries. Examples of furnace systems produced by AMG include vacuum remelting, solar silicon melting and crystallization, vacuum induction melting, vacuum heat treatment and high pressure gas quenching, vacuum precision casting, turbine blade coating and sintering. AMG also provides vacuum case-hardening heat treatment services on a tolling basis to customers through facilities equipped with vacuum heat treatment furnaces.
Timminco Limited is a majority controlled, publicly listed subsidiary of AMG. Timminco is a leader in the production of upgraded metallurgical silicon for the rapidly growing solar photovoltaic energy industry. Timminco also produces silicon metal and magnesium products for use in a broad range of industrial applications.
Graphit Kropfmuehl AG is a majority controlled, publicly listed subsidiary of AMG. Based on its secure raw material sources in Africa, China and Europe, Graphit Kropfmuehl is a specialist in the production of silicon metal and the extraction, processing and refining of natural crystalline graphite for a wide range of energy saving industrial applications.
AMG operates globally with production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Sri Lanka and Australia and also has sales and customer service offices in Belgium, Russia, China and Japan (website: www.amg-nv.com).
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For further information please contact: AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. +1 610 975 4901 Jonathan Costello Director of Corporate Communications Email Contact Timminco Limited +1 416 364 5171 Robert Dietrich Executive Vice President and CFO Email Contact
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