Alcoa in Australia
Alcoa’s Australian operations represent the world’s largest integrated bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting and rolling system. Also operating the country’s largest aluminium recycling plant, Alcoa adds value to Australia’s local, state and national economies at every stage.
Alcoa of Australia operates the mines, refineries and smelters, while Alcoa Australia Rolled Products operates the rolled products plants and recycling operation. Together, these businesses support around 6000 direct jobs, predominantly in regional Australia.
Our operations in Australia include:
Alcoa’s other operations in Australia are Alcoa Wheel Products Australia which distributes aluminium truck wheels and Alcoa Fastening Systems Australia which manufactures and distributes specialist fasteners.
Alcoa of Australia Limited is 60% owned by Alcoa Inc. and 40% by Alumina Limited. Alcoa Australia Rolled Products, Alcoa Wheel Products Australia and Alcoa Fastening Systems Australia are owned 100% by Alcoa Inc.
Alcoa of Australia is part of the primary aluminium production business, with the process starting at the Huntly and Willowdale bauxite mines in the Darling Range south of Perth. The Huntly Mine is the world’s largest bauxite mine. These two mines supply bauxite to Alcoa’s alumina refineries at Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup. The refineries extract alumina from the bauxite. Some of the alumina is exported, while the remainder is shipped to Alcoa’s smelters in Victoria.
Our two aluminium smelters, Point Henry in Geelong and Portland Aluminium in Portland, smelt the alumina into aluminium ingots. Portland Aluminium is an unincorporated joint venture project between Alcoa of Australia Limited (45%) (Alcoa), Eastern Aluminium (Portland) Pty Ltd (10%) (EAPL), CITIC Nominees Pty Limited (22.5%) (Citic) and Marubeni Aluminium Australia Pty Ltd (22.5%)(Marubeni) (“Portland Joint Venture (PJV)”). Eastern Aluminium (Portland) Pty Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alcoa of Australia Limited. Alcoa Portland Aluminium Pty Ltd (Alcoa Portland) (also a wholly owned subsidiary of Alcoa) manages the smelter.
Our Victorian operations also include a coal mine and power station at Anglesea which supplies around 40% of the electricity needed to power the Point Henry Smelter.
In 2010, Alcoa of Australia mined around 33 million tonnes of bauxite, produced 9 million tonnes of alumina, and 490,000 tonnes of aluminium.
Alcoa produces almost 45% of Australia’s alumina and over 25% of Australia’s aluminium. Our alumina production in Western Australia accounts for 10-11% of total world demand.
Alcoa Australia Rolled Products, at Point Henry in Victoria and Yennora in Western Sydney, produces rolled aluminium products for beverage cans, wine screw tops, pharmaceutical packaging, building materials, road signs and boats. Alcoa Australia Rolled Products is the only manufacturer of aluminium rolled products in Australia and is also the largest recycler of aluminium in the country, recycling around 55,000 tonnes of aluminium each year at Yennora. In 2010, Alcoa Australia Rolled products produced 108,000 tonnes of aluminium rolled products.
Aluminium … part of our everyday lives
Did you know that aluminium is part of our everyday lives, all around us, all the time. It’s used in trains, planes, cars and buses, laptops, mobile phones, DVDs, building construction, outdoor furniture, screw cap bottle tops, beverage cans, aluminium foil and so much more.
Contributing to the Australian Economy
Alcoa has been investing in Australia for more than 50 years. Our total investment to date is greater than $12 billion.
Each year, more than 75% of our total revenue stays in Australia through wages, local purchasing, taxes, capital investment and dividends to Australian shareholders.
Alcoa is one of Australia’s leading exporters, contributing around $5 billion in exports per year. We are Victoria’s largest exporter with around $1.2 billion in exports – this equates to around 4% of the State's exports. Alcoa is also a leading Western Australian exporter, accounting for around 5% of the state’s exports.
Alcoa of Australia’s payments to suppliers and employees in 2010 totalled $2,581 million.
Tax expense for 2010 was $230.9 million. In addition, we paid income tax of $196.0 million to the Australian Tax Office, while royalties paid to Governments amounted to $48.0 million.
Read more at www.alcoa.com.au/sustainability.
Underpinning Energy Infrastructure
Alcoa is a 20% owner in the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline which delivers energy supplies to businesses and communities in the South West of Western Australia. We also have gas exploration agreements in Western Australia with Buru Energy and Latent Petroleum.
The construction of Portland Aluminium in the 1980s enabled the Victorian State Government to develop the Loy Yang Power complex, allowing Victorian industry and households to enjoy the economic benefits of access to low cost energy. Portland Aluminium was the catalyst for the construction of a high voltage line from Geelong to Portland and an interstate interconnector between Victoria and South Australia.
Read more at www.alcoa.com.au/energy.
Partnering Stronger Communities
Each year Alcoa invests around $5 million in community partnerships. Our investment is driven by a commitment to sustainable development and a desire to support reputable not-for-profit and community-based organisations that deliver long-term community benefits.
The Alcoa Foundation funds additional community partnerships and since 1952 it has contributed more than $550 million globally to the communities where we operate.
Read more at www.alcoa.com.au/community.
Leader in Environmental Management
Alcoa is a recognised world leader in mine site rehabilitation and was the first mining company in the world to achieve 100% of plant species richness in our rehabilitated mine site areas in Western Australia.
Alcoa was also the first mining company in the world to be recognised by the United Nations Environmental Program by inclusion in its Global 500 Roll of Honour.
Read more at www.alcoa.com.au/environment.
Part of the Solution to Climate Change
Alcoa has taken a voluntary global leadership position on addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In 2003, Alcoa worldwide achieved its target of reducing global direct greenhouse gas emissions by 25% from a base year of 1990. Since 2003, this has been further reduced to 40% below 1990 levels.
In the critical transportation industry, our research in lifecycle modelling has shown that by 2030 the emissions of the entire aluminium industry can be offset by the potential emission savings from the transport sector's increased use of aluminium.
Read more at www.alcoa.com.au/climatechange.
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