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MAL says it must resume production at Ajka plant or risk permanent closure

The Hungarian aluminum production and trading company MAL may have to permanently shut down its alumina factory in Ajka if production is not soon resumed at the plant, MAL told MTI.

MAL said that the semi-finished alumina that has been in the plant's filters since the government ordered the company to suspend production one day after a reservoir burst at factory on October 4 could ruin the machinery if not extracted within the next couple of days.

The company employs more than 1,100 people in Ajka and its surrounding, the company said, noting that it exports 80% of its products, mainly to other EU countries, and it has a 12% share on the European and a 4% share on the global market.

The flood of red sludge from the reservoir killed at least seven people and flooded nearby villages. (MTI – Econews)