Smelter closure: Why Ullrich and Stabicraft are already importing aluminium

A Stuff website article.

The closure of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter shouldn’t greatly dent the prospects of local manufacturers that rely on aluminium to make products, the two best-known firms in the industry say.

Ullrich Aluminium employs about 300 staff in New Zealand and about the same number in Australia making a wide range of products for the building industry and other markets.

“We won’t run out of aluminium; that is what some of our customers are ringing to ask,” Ullrich Aluminium chief executive Gilbert Ullrich said.

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