Michael Bless, chief executive officer of Century Aluminum Co and a strong supporter of the Section 232 tariffs
, said that their reintroduction would continue to help drive the resurgence of aluminium production in the United States.
“As policymakers focus on shoring up our manufacturing base and enhancing supply chain resiliency, the president’s leadership helps to secure continued domestic production of this vital strategic material and level the playing field for thousands of American aluminium workers,” he said.
But many aluminium industry participants, ranging from trade associations and bodies to aluminium producers
, criticized the tariffs for not addressing underlying issues affecting the sector, including overcapacity
and manufacturing costs.
US producer Alcoa expressed disappointment at the move,...