European Aluminium (EA) announced that Emilio Braghi, president at Novelis Europe, will replace Kjetil Ebbesberg (Hydro) as the association’s chairman. Braghi has been appointed for a two-year term starting on 1 January 2019. Roberta Niboli (Raffmetal) will be the new vice-chairperson, and Peter Basten (Constellium) will be EA’s Treasurer.
“I am delighted to be appointed the new chairman of European Aluminium at a crucial time for our industry. During my chairmanship, ensuring a long-term vision of industrial competitiveness, sustainability and innovation while addressing global trade challenges will remain key priorities. To realise this vision, we will continue to work with policymakers and other stakeholders to deliver on circular economy, recycling, energy, and climate. Looking ahead, I am confident the future for our industry is bright. Our permanent material is not only experiencing a growing global demand, but it is also essential to Europe’s strategic value chains such as low carbon mobility, packaging, building and construction, and advanced industrial solutions,” says Braghi.
Honouring Ebbesberg's chairmanship, EA’s director general Gerd Götz said: “Under Kjetil’s chairmanship, European Aluminium reached new heights. We positioned ourselves as a strategic industry enabling Europe’s low carbon economy, established ourselves as a trustworthy sounding board and data provider to the European Commission on trade issues, launched our Industry Plus Manifesto for a renewed industrial policy for Europe and grew in membership.”