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Hulamin group overview

Hulamin is a leading, mid-stream aluminium semi-fabricator and fabricator of aluminium products located in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal and Midrand, Gauteng, supported by sales offices in South Africa, Europe and the USA. Hulamin is the only major aluminium rolling operation in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the largest mineral beneficiating exporters in South Africa. 60% of Hulamin’s sales are exported to leading manufacturers around the world, focusing on specific product and end-use markets.

Hulamin is committed to the growth of the Southern African aluminium industry and to making a meaningful contribution to sustainable development in Southern Africa. Employing over 1 900 people, Hulamin contributes materially to the sustainability of the local Pietermaritzburg community.

HISTORY

The origin of Hulamin dates back to 1935 when the Aluminium Company of Canada Limited (Alcan) opened a sales office in South Africa, which was followed in 1940 by the registration of the Aluminium Company of South Africa (ALCOSA). During and after World War II, demand for semi-fabricated aluminium developed to the point where an aluminium rolling mill was opened in 1949 at the current Pietermaritzburg site.

GROWTH

The company has grown and expanded its operations to cover a full range of rolled and extruded aluminium products.

Hulamin operates modern aluminium rolling equipment as a result of its two recent major expansion projects. The first was completed in 2000 at a cost of R2,4 billion and increased annual capacity to 200 000 tons.

The second expansion project, completed in 2010 at a cost of R950 million further increased total capacity and that of higher-value products, thin gauge foil and heat-treated plate.

In 2007, Hulamin unbundled from Tongaat Hulett Limited and listed on the main board of the JSE in the Aluminium sub-sector of the Industrial Metals and Mining sector.