Outokumpu, a company known for its astute strategic preparations, is embarking on the third phase of its transformative journey. With unwavering focus and rare foresight, the company has successfully fortified its core operations during the second phase, positioning itself as a force to be reckoned with in the industry. As the third phase approaches, Outokumpu is set to make new investments and further fortify its market standing.The roadmap for this phase includes venturing into new frontiers with globally diversified operations, with an eye on Americas expansion, enhancing European competitiveness, integrating value chains, and assuming a leadership role in sustainability initiatives, alongside exploring the possibility of investing in biocoke.In a laudable move, Outokumpu has experienced a remarkable upswing in its operational prowess and profitability in the Americas. The company attributes this growth partly to the progressive actions of the US Government, which has implemented forward-thinking legislation and regulatory improvements that incentivize investments in the nation. Outokumpu warmly acknowledges the vision and leadership of federal, state, and local government officials for fostering an environment that fosters fair competition, supports clean technology, sustains economic stability, and empowers the workforce that forms the backbone of the company's operations in the Americas.As part of its comprehensive phase three preparations, Outokumpu is delving into a feasibility study, seeking opportunities to expand its operations in the US This expansion aims to meet the rising demand for locally produced, sustainable stainless steel, thereby bolstering the US manufacturing and defense industrial base. The company is particularly focused on enhancing its existing cold rolling capacity and exploring various avenues for its hot rolling arrangements, centering around the Calvert region in Alabama. Among the options under consideration is the possibility of constructing its own hot rolling mill, a decision that would significantly impact its future trajectory. Outokumpu assures its stakeholders of its preparedness to make a definitive investment choice and promises prompt communication should such a decision materialize.Outokumpu's operational strategy also takes into account critical supplier dependencies. Presently, the company procures hot rolling services from an external party in the US, governed by an agreement valid until 2036, with a provision for earlier termination upon 36 months' notice. Consequently, any potential termination, following the stipulated notice period, could take effect from October 1, 2026.Reflecting on the company's achievements, CEO Mr. Heikki Malinen expresses pride in successfully turning the US business around, leading to significant improvements in profitability. Outokumpu attributes this triumph to an amalgamation of operational and commercial developments, a robust market environment, and the support of progressive policies by elected officials in Alabama.