March 22, 2011

West Australians win global Alcoa award

A team of five Alcoa employees, four from Waroona and one from Halls Head, won an international Alcoa award in Florida, USA, this week.

The Wagerup Refinery team took out the ‘Asset Management’ category at the Impact Awards: an Alcoa-wide global competition, recognising teams that have demonstrated extraordinary business results. 

Importantly, the Awards also allowed the sharing of best practices across all Alcoa business units around the world.

Waroona’s Terry Wilson, Gino Vitale, Colin Davis and Michael Magno, along with Peter Hartnup from Halls Head, stood out amongst 317 global entries.  The team has proven how great ideas, when combined with hard work and disciplined execution, can lead to great success.

The Alcoans won their category for a smart business idea which recovers previously unrecoverable alumina from Wagerup’s alumina storage bins by a significant 74%, and reduces costs.

Terry Wilson came up with the original concept and was assisted by his four colleagues to make the idea a reality. He was in Florida, along with Colin Davis, on behalf of the team, to accept the Award.

“These guys are doers not talkers – they got stuck in and took pride in the results. I think along the way we all wanted to prove that we could do something a lot of people thought impossible,” Terry said.

“It’s good to see the good guys get reward for a great effort. This is the highest high I have had working for Alcoa and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”

Wagerup Refinery Manager Eugenio Azevedo said that the win was a remarkable achievement.

“These guys are a great example of the true value of teamwork.

“To win and to be recognised as best practice across this global organisation is a fantastic outcome.”

As well as a trophy, prestige and recognition, the team has won $10,000 to be spent on a team event.

Managing Director Alan Cransberg congratulated the team: “There was an outstanding calibre of entries and I always love to see Aussies getting global recognition.”

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The Impact Awards were presented on Monday 21 March 2011, Florida time. The six Impact Award categories are:

  • Growth: recognising sales, profit and market share gain.
    Productivity: focused on monetary impact and relative gain.
  • Asset Management: recognising dollar impact and days of working capital or management of capital expenditures. 
  • Environment, Health and Safety: celebrating excellence and improvement towards an EHS benchmark.
  • Alcoa Advantage: encouraging collaboration and leveraging the advantages of being part of the larger Alcoa.
  • Community: cultivating relationships in our communities to strengthen our social license to operate.

Media contact: Scott Hansen 0439 800 096