Joe Kazadi – CEO
Joe is an executive with more than 30 years of experience in the aluminum and steel industries. Over the course of his career, Joe has worked at various levels over the years, performing a range of duties from directing basic and applied research activities to managing manufacturing operations of up to 10,000 employees with revenues in excess of 1 billion dollars.
Joe’s career highlights include positions in the aluminum industry at various US and international locations for Alcoa, Rio Tinto Alcan and Basic Element (the parent company of RUSAL). He was also CEO of KAP (Kombinat Alumijuma Podgorica), an integrated aluminum company located in Montenegro (former Yugoslavia).
Joe also has steel industry experience as he most recently was CEO and Country Manager for ArcelorMittal Algeria, a fully integrated steel facility in Algeria.
In addition to manufacturing and management expertise, Joe has firsthand experience in implementing TPM (Total Productive Maintenance), Reliability Excellence and Lean Manufacturing using Toyota Production System principles.
Joe earned his M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Drago Juric – CTO
Dr. Drago Juric has worked in all aspects of aluminium smelting technology for over 35 years. He has two post-graduate degrees from University of Melbourne, Australia and from University of Karlsruhe, Germany, on the subject of aluminium reduction cell technology and cathode construction.
He has extensive experience on all aspects of Low Energy Cell design, construction, start-up and operation. Drago has been involved in solving technical problems in aluminium smelting on all five continents. Recently Drago developed and helped Century Aluminum of Kentucky implement pot feed technology, which delivers a significant improvement in metal purity, carbon consumption and maintenance costs.
Drago has worked with Albras, Barcrena, Brasil to identify root cause of poor potlife and proposed a method for repairing affected cells and correcting cell construction so as to achieve long service life.
Drago has worked with Alouette, Quebec, Canada to increase line current from 336 to 370 kA and reduce power consumption below 13 MWh/T.
At Kombinat Aluminijuma Podgorica, Montenegro, Drago has helped apply low energy concepts to existing sideworked cells to reduce power consumption from 14.4 to 13.7 MWh/T.
Drago also holds multiple patents on a variety of subjects in the aluminum industry.
“Our mission is to become the reliable producer and distributor of technologically advanced components to significantly improve the performance of our customers in the primary aluminum industry worldwide, and become a preferred supplier of architectural products.”
“The business model of MetSol is to find energy efficient technical solutions for aluminum smelters. We recognize that electrical energy as raw material is essential to primary aluminum production and that, historically, the industry lives by it and also died by it.”
“Our vision is to become the preferred supplier of technical solutions for the aluminum industry and provider of the best value proposition in the market.”