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Aleris Aluminum signs an exclusive agency agreement

with MJ Building Materials Trading DMCC

May 11, 2017

Duffel, Belgium, May 11, 2017 - Aleris Corporation, a leader in the production of rolled aluminum for critical surface applications, announces today that it has signed an agency agreement with MJ Building Materials Trading DMCC, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. As a result, the company will have the exclusivity for the promotion of Aleris’ 55HX®, a premium aluminum for architectural applications, in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

“Our 55HX® is already a well-known brand in the European advanced architecture market, and it will grow further in the Gulf region thanks to this partnership. By combining MJ Building Materials’ experience in the region and Aleris’ know-how in architectural applications, we will strengthen our position in the Middle-East,” said Johan Petry, Vice President Aleris Industrial Products.

The 55HX® is a premium material that has been developed to meet the requirements of the architectural space. It can be used for inside and outside applications, including façades, wall cladding, ceilings and roofs. One of the projects where this material was selected is the façade of the eye-catching Rézo building in Paris, thanks to the following unique properties:

  • Flexibility: 55HX® can be creatively shaped to adapt to almost any design   

  • High surface quality, further improved after anodization to obtain superior UV, scratch and corrosion resistance while keeping its unique metal look

  • < >olor uniformity across various batches, which provides consistency in color and to learn more about Aleris premium aluminum 55HX®

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    About Aleris

    Aleris is an international aluminum rolling company with 14 manufacturing sites in North America, Europe and China.  It has become the supplier of choice for aerospace, automotive and high-end industrial applications. Five innovation centers around the world continuously develop durable solutions together with our customers to meet demand as well as improve processes.  We work every day in a safety-focused and sustainability driven culture to enable our customers to capture aluminum’s unlimited potential. For more information, visit

    About MJ Building Materials Trading DMCC

    MJ Building Materials Trading DMCC ushers in an era of globalization through the founding of a conglomerate multi-industry structure ensued by pioneers of the age, were practical visionaries and world-class engineers seeing beyond the horizon garner a path to the future, bringing to the fore, the conceptual framework of evolution from heavy industries into a high value added knowledge-intensive marvel of modern design, innovative engineering and precision manufacturing levitated to a euphoric and strong emergence as the world leader in the upstream & downstream Aluminum industry. For more information, visit