November 12, 2008

Top honours for Alcoa at WA Industry & Export Awards

Alcoa of Australia was awarded the Minerals & Energy Export Award at the Department of Industry and Resources’ WA Industry and Export Awards at the end of last month.

The Minerals & Energy Export Award, won by Alcoa, is presented to an organisation for outstanding export achievement in the production or primary processing of extractive and value-added minerals or energy products.
Alcoa’s General Manager of Western Australian Operations, Simon Butterworth, said the award win reflected the hard work of all employees in making Alcoa in WA the best it can be.
“Nationally we are one of Australia's leading exporters, contributing almost $5 billion in exports last year,” Mr Butterworth said.
“Alumina produced by Alcoa in WA accounts for around 11 per cent of world demand and 5 per cent of WA's total exports.”
Mr Butterworth said one of the things he was most proud of was the significant contribution Alcoa continues to make to both the WA and national economies.
“Around 80 cents in every export dollar earned by Alcoa stays in Australia,” he said.
The win has put Alcoa in the running for a national award – the company now being a finalist in the 2008 Australian Export Awards.
Alcoa operates the world’s largest integrated bauxite mining, alumina refining and aluminium smelting system in Australia and is a leading Australian employer, with over 6200 employees, predominantly in regional Australia.
This Minerals & Energy Export Award comes just weeks after Alcoa’s Kwinana Refinery was named Minerals Processing Plant of the Year, at the annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards in Sydney.
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The Western Australian Industry and Export Awards, run by the WA Department of Industry and Resources, are WA’s most prestigious business awards, acknowledging the innovation, hard work and success of businesses, large and small, in reaching new markets.  The awards also acknowledge the important contribution that WA businesses make to the local economy through job creation and increased prosperity in the community.
The awards were handed out on 31 October 2008.