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Wise Alloys selects ABB to manage service activities and raise productivity

Contract to raise productivity by up to 20 percent

Westerville, OH, Dec. 6, 2007 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won a contract from Wise Alloys LLC to manage service activities and raise productivity at its Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA facility. It is the seventh ABB Full Service agreement in North America.

Under the five-year agreement, ABB will assume responsibility for all maintenance-related activities covering production equipment at the plant. Maintenance activities will be managed to contractually-agreed targets for improvements in plant productivity and cost reduction.

“ABB Full Service agreements help turn maintenance departments into profit centers,” said Magnus Pousette, head of ABB Reliability Services North America. “By bringing proven best reliability practices to our customers, we add new value to their bottom line while they focus on their core business.”

ABB’s service business employs about 20,000 people, or nearly one-fifth of the company’s workforce. More than 150 customers worldwide have ABB Full Service agreements, which typically improve productivity and equipment availability while reducing maintenance costs for customers by up to 20 percent.

Wise Alloys is the third-leading U.S. producer of aluminum can stock for the food and beverage industry. The Muscle Shoals facility comprises two operations: Alabama Reclamation, where used cans are recycled and prepared for casting into aluminum ingots, and Alloys Plant, which casts molten aluminum into sheet ingot.

The agreement will help Wise Alloys increase the efficiency of its maintenance function and provide a benchmark for operations in the future, enabling it to compete successfully as a stand-alone rolling mill.

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in about 100 countries and employs around 110,000 people.
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