On June 22, 2017, more than 30 aluminum industry stakeholders testified at a Department of Commerce public hearing on a Section 232 investigation examining the national security implications of imported aluminum. This followed the president's announcement initiating the investigation in April.
The association showed up in force with a dozen member company representatives testifying including Aluminum Association president & CEO Heidi Brock; Aluminum Association chairman Garney Scott, Scepter; Ben Kahrs, Alcoa; Margaret Cosentino, Arconic; Jean-Marc Germaine, Constellium; Matt Aboud, Hydro; Paul-Henri Chevalier, Jupiter; John Donnan, Kaiser; Marco Palimeri, Novelis (Association 2nd Vice Chair); Alf Barrios, Rio Tinto Aluminium; Henry Gordinier, Tri-Arrows and John Lapides, United Aluminum.
The association emphasized the following key points in its testimony:
The industry is also advocating for:
In advance of the hearing, the association helped spearhead letters and statements highlighting these key issues including a letter to the Department of Commerce from the Congressional Aluminum Caucus and a joint letter to Commerce with the Aluminum Extruders Council. We also released a joint statement of principles with the European and Canadian aluminum associations.
You can view the full hearing here:
You can also read individual written testimony here: