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message from alan cransberg, managing director, alcoa of australia

During the past month we’ve had to make some tough decisions as we continue to manage through the economic downturn. At the end of April we announced a production curtailment at Portland Aluminium, taking the site’s total smelting reduction to 15% - a necessary step as we match production with demand across the globe.  These decisions are never easy, but we are prepared to take these actions to ensure we come out of this thing stronger.  We’re striving to minimise the impacts of this decision on our people, and are working with contractors, suppliers, and our communities to identify opportunities to reposition the business for the long-term. Read more   

Meanwhile, we continue to consider the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme – the latest changes appear positive for our industry, but there are still details which need addressing. Read more

On a really positive note, our volunteering effort grows ever stronger. In recognition of Volunteering Australia’s National Volunteering Week (11-17 May), we just released our figures for last year and they’re pretty impressive. Nearly a quarter of our workforce is out and about making a difference in our communities, never more important as we move through uncertain times, and I thank them all. Read more
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part of our everyday lives
recyclable aluminium on show
The beauty of aluminium was recently on show near our operations in Kwinana as part of the annual Cast-
aways Sculp-
ture Awards.
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our business
management of Portland Aluminium through downturn
In the face of continued glo-
bal market softness, Po-
rtland Alumin-
ium is curtailing smelting prod-
uction further, bringing the total smelting reduction to 15 per cent of production by July this year.
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part of the solution
alcoans contribute to a sustainable future
Fifteen Alcoa employees, including four from Australia, will be helping unlock solut-
ions to some of the biggest sustainability challenges of our time, after being awarded Earthwatch Fellowships.
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partnering stronger communities
safety & educational partnerships in Victoria and WA
We’re kicking community goals with the AFL’s Geelong Cats, while developing our leaders of tomorrow with the University of Western Australia.
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our people
our employee volunteering program stays strong
Dedicated Alcoans volunteered over 90,000 hours in 2008, the Can-
cer Council gets a boost and Portland volunteers help rebuild a popular tourist attraction.
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