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message from alan cransberg, managing director, alcoa of australia

Alcoa recently celebrated a milestone around something that benefits us all, everyday. 125 years ago, we discovered how to make aluminium. Thanks to the discovery of this process, we can now produce thousands of products that are safer, lighter, more fuel efficient and highly recyclable. Since this discovery, the aluminium story has been nothing short of remarkable - opening up entire markets and industries, from cookware to electrical conductors, to car frames, to space shuttles and iPods.

I’ve been speaking recently about how ‘megatrends’ are securing aluminium's place as a critical part of our future.  This constantly changing world we live in requires us to react and adapt quickly. And as our world prepares to deal with a rapidly growing population, ever-expanding cities and an unprecedented demand for energy - Alcoa is finding ways to meet today's challenges with innovative aluminium solutions.

It’s not just transport, construction and everyday items like cans where aluminium has an impact – this month our miracle metal has been showcased in the form of art at Sculpture by the Sea in Perth. This year 10 sculptures feature aluminium and as a major partner of the exhibition, we also supported three artists who chose to sculpt with our metal. My favourite element of this partnership though is the interaction of kids with art and artists (through the ‘Alcoa School Education Program’). We facilitate around 8000 school kids to take part in the program, including a whole bunch from around our operations in the South-West. I’m a big believer that experiences like this enrich young lives.  Click through the stories below to read more and check out the fantastic pictures from the beach.

part of our everyday lives

miracle metal hits beach
It’s light weight, resistant to corrosion and aesthetically stunning: a few of the reasons aluminium features in 10 artworks at this year’s Sculpture by the Sea.
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our business

employer of choice
For the 10th consecutive year, we have been named an ‘Employer of Choice for Women’. Meantime learn more about our Anglesea mine lease renewal process.
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part of the solution

strong future for aluminium
'Megatrends' are securing aluminium's place as a critical part of our future. Hear what our MD told the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Australia.
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partnering stronger communities

environment and arts
Business Clean-Up Day in Geelong and Anglesea and thousands of kids in WA get up close with art and our metal at the beach.
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our people

top woman in resources
An Alcoa employee, who originally started her career in banking, has taken out top honours at the 2011 Women in Resources Awards in Perth.
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