OSLO, Norway, Dec. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As a global, fully integrated aluminium company, Hydro's main priorities for further value creation will be presented at the Capital Markets Day 2016:
Managing cyclicality through financial strength and flexibility
Strengthening competitiveness through continuous improvements and portfolio high-grading
Differentiating through the integrated value chain
In the current uncertain macroeconomic environment, Hydro continues its focus on maintaining capital discipline and a strong balance sheet while ensuring competitive and reliable returns to shareholders. Hydro continues its efforts to strengthen its relative industry position, and is utilizing its strong financial platform to invest in selected areas to high-grade its portfolio towards higher-margin segments, grow its recycling business and develop new technology to further improve the competitiveness and climate performance of its portfolio. Finally, Hydro will leverage its unique fully-integrated value-chain model to innovate and differentiate in order to drive customer value, as well as capitalize on one of the global aluminium's most sustainable portfolios. "Based on our aspiration Better, Bigger, Greener, we have built a highly competitive position within the global aluminium industry," Hydro's President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg says. "We are now using this platform to lift us to the next level, ensuring long-term value creation through our industry-leading improvements drive, portfolio high-grading and selective growth, as well as strengthening our competence." Brandtzæg says safety remains Hydro's top priority, and with a best ever year-to-date TRI-rate of 2.6 the company is on track for its 2020 ambition of a TRI-rate below 2.0 and its long-term aspiration of a truly injury-free working environment. He adds that with its strategy to become carbon-neutral by 2020 and high ambitions in sustainability and compliance, Hydro now ranks among the best companies on HSE and CSR in the entire metals and mining sector.