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message from alan cransberg, managing director, alcoa of australia

This coming weekend our worldwide Month of Service gets underway. Every October we encourage our people to get out and about in the community and make a difference.  Volunteering and community engagement are critical aspects of how we do business, and next month we’ve got a whole bunch of events planned including odd jobs at local schools, tree planting, conservation projects, busy bees with not-for-profit organisations, selling merchandise on behalf of charities in shopping centres and much more.  I’m really looking forward to getting involved again this year – I have a lot of fun with it and so do so many other Alcoans.  Month of Service is also a time when we celebrate the hidden heroes in our communities - the Alcoans who volunteer all year round.

You may have seen and heard the recent media coverage about our Victorian smelters. Like any manufacturing business in Australia that sells product internationally for US dollars, the high Australian dollar is reducing our revenue. Input costs are also high, and a potential carbon price presents another challenge for us. Aluminium smelting is a cyclical business and in over 40 years of operation in Victoria, we have a proven track record of meeting significant challenges head on. As you know, during the global financial crisis we successfully worked with our people to reduce costs in order to remain viable and we are going through that process again. The outlook for aluminium remains positive and I’m confident that with the help of our workforce we can meet these challenges.

This month Alcoa was announced a finalist in the Minerals & Energy Export category of the WA Industry and Export Awards. Our alumina production in WA accounts for around 11% of world demand, while 75 cents in every revenue dollar earned by us stays in Australia.  Of course we’ll keep you posted on the result of the award.

We share a remarkable story with you below about the captain and crew of an Alcoa steamship saving the lives of five fishermen in the Caribbean Sea.  The ship arrived at Kwinana this month and I had the chance to recognise the team personally. Read more and see the photos.

part of our everyday lives

nespresso and aluminium
When Nespresso wanted to ensure its packaging materials were sustainable, it naturally turned to aluminium.
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our business

tick on the dow jones
As a leader in sustainability, Alcoa has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 10th consecutive year.
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part of the solution

going green
Real results coming from our personal greenhouse footprint reduction program, ‘Make an Impact’, in Anglesea and Pinjarra.
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partnering stronger communities

assisting students and special needs
Students return from leadership scholarships in Canada. Meantime swim schools in Kwinana receive a boost.
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our people

sea rescue
The crew of an Alcoa steamship has rescued five fishermen, after “mayday” attempts to several passing boats over eight days. The men survived with no food in the scorching sun.
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