The office will be led by Ihsan Kösoglu, who will join Rusal from Assan Alüminyum. Ihsan brings more than 19 years of experience in the Turkish aluminium industry in various commercial roles.

Rusal’s metal today accounts for close to 50% of all imported aluminium in Turkey.

Steve Hodgson, Rusal’s Director for Sales and Marketing, comments: “Turkey has always been an important market for us and we are logistically ideally situated to service this region via our Black Sea ports. In 2014 approximately 500kt of our total sales were consumed in Turkey where more than 25% of these sales were in value added products. The Turkish market for aluminium is forecast to grow strongly and this announcement demonstrates Rusal’s commitment to service this important market as a dependable long term partner.”

Rusal will continue to work closely together with Mechem S.A., who have been the major buyer and distributor of Rusal’s metal in Turkey over the last 15 years.