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ALS Romania, obliged to cut down up to 60% of staff should Rosia Montana mining project be rejected

•       The ALS Romania laboratory in Gura Rosiei, Alba County, is a physic-chemical analysis laboratory, working mainly for the mining industry

•       With a turnover of RON 33,5 million in 2012, ALS Romania is one of the top five companies in Alba County

•       Globally, ALS has operations in 55 countries across six continents and has over 13,000 employees

Gura Rosiei, September 11, 2013. ALS Romania, one of the top five companies in Alba County, announces a possible staff cut with up to 60%, should the Rosia Montana mining project be rejected by the Parliament.

We are watching with concern the evolution of the Rosia Montana mining project and the purely political decisions taken as we speak. Our activity depends on mining, and our investments – both financial and in HR – have always taken into account the potential and the benefits a mining project as important as the one in Rosia Montana can bring. Should the project be rejected, we will be under the necessity to concentrate our investments and activity in countries with an active mining industry”, stated Francisc Hidi, Manager of ALS Romania.

In 2012, ALS Romania recorded a turnover of approximately RON 33.5 million, which places it in the top five companies in Alba County. ALS is an important investor in the Rosia Montana area, where a 60% unemployment rate is registered. In 2012, the company contributed to the state budget with over RON 2.8 million, and to the social security with over RON 1.3 million.

„Starting in 2006, ALS has offered at Gura Rosiei high quality services, truly appreciated worldwide. Blocking the mining industry in the area would mean an alarming growth in unemployment and we do not believe the jobless here could make a decent living from eco-tourism, as some have suggested, which is at best a seasonal activity in this remote area. It’s sad to see now that people who make decisions in Romania  believe that mining cannot be the viable industry that it is elsewhere in Europe, such as Sweden, Finland, Spain, Portugal and Ireland”, Francisc Hidi added.

ALS Romania is a physic-chemical analysis laboratory specialized in the preparation and the analysis of geological samples for the mining industry. The laboratory in Gura Rosiei is a member of the ALS Minerals family, the world leader in integrated analysis services to the mining industry, with operations in more than 350 site locations in 55 countries across six continents. Samples are received here on a daily basis from laboratories across Europe: Spain, Turkey, Sweden, Finland, all countries with a sustained mining activity.

ALS Romania presently has a 75 people workforce, and globally the ALS group has over 13.000 employees.

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