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Alcoa’s Italian plants to remain open for six months

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

It had planned to idle them after the EU ordered the company to  repay state aid. Reuters reported Italy’s government had said the agre-ement on the plants, which employ about 2000 people, had been struck after talks with Alcoa and unions.

In November, Alcoa said it would temporarily…

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Recovery still on track-just

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

Paul Williams, research manager aluminium, at CRU Analysis states in the Aluminum Association newsletter that demand should bounce back in March supported by government stimulus plans and an improving economy.

The company’s survey of downstream companies suggests activity in flat rolled…

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Smelter restarts

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

It was idled in March 2009 in response to the global downturn in demand. The site has already brought 183 pots back online, with a total of 264 pots expected to be in operation by early April. NkAZ predicts output in 2010 to be 253kt - 10% more than last year.

More than 200 employees…

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Rusal says Al output down 11% in 2009

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

But it added in its full year results that production could increase this year. The world’s largest aluminium producer reduced its total aluminium output to 3.9Mt, compared to 4.4Mt in 2008.

The company said 2009 was ‘one of the toughest years on record for the global economy.’ In the…

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Australian power deal

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

Loy Yang will provide baseload electricity to power Alcoa’s Point Henry Smelter in Geelong, Victoria, from 2014 and its Portland facility from 2016. Loy Yang will provide 820MW of power, and with future expansion options Alcoa may take more than half Loy Yang’s output.

Loy Yang operates…

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Chinese joint venture

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

They have formed a new company called Nanjing Yunhai KB Alloys Ltd. The JV has started construction of a manufacturing site in China.

The new facility will produce aluminium-based grain refiners and master alloys and means KB Alloys will be in a better position for growth.

KB Alloys…

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