September 06, 2013
Alcoa signs protocol of intentions with Seicom
With the support of mining companies, the government of Pará intends attracting new business over the short and medium terms
This Friday (September 6) Alcoa signed a protocol of intentions with the government of the State of Pará, by way of its State Department of Industry, Commerce and Mining (SEICOM), to help make the State Plan for Attracting New Business viable. The company has a bauxite mining operation in the region, in Juruti, western Para. The protocol of intentions is valid for 12 months.
The document was signed in the Casa de Mineração, the headquarters of the Mineral Industries Union of the State of Pará (Simineral) and the Brazilian Mining Institute (Ibram), in the presence of the assistant secretary of Seicom, Maria Amélia Enríquez, the Industry Development Director of Seicom, Rodrigo Garcia, the Mining Director for Alcoa Latin America & the Caribbean, José Carlos Danza, the General Manager of the Juruti Bauxite Mine, Claudio Vilaça, Alcoa’s Government Relations Manager, Ana Celeste Franco, and representatives from sector entities.
Alcoa intends using this partnership to reduce operating costs at its unit in Juruti and to collaborate with the development of the state. “This link between Alcoa and other mining companies, which has been mediated by the state government, will give undertakings a guaranteed supply, lead to a reduction in stocks of materials and allow products to be purchased at more competitive prices”, in the assessment of Claudio Vilaça, General Manager for Alcoa Juruti. “We’re also going to be contributing to the development of the state, since we’ll be able to buy from local suppliers, thus increasing Pará’s revenue”, he says.
The protocol of intentions highlights the state’s function of providing the conditions needed for investing in the production sector through partnerships with the private sector, the aim being to increase industrial development. According to Maria Amélia, the re-establishment of Seicom and the public policies already introduced, such as the protocol of intentions, are in line with the “pact” the state government has sought to have with various sectors for developing production. “What we’re doing today should have been done 10 years ago in order to have the progress that everybody’s hoping for. There’s going to be mining in Pará throughout the whole of the next century, at least. I believe we all win with this type of action”, said the assistant secretary of Seicom.
Based on its stimulus for new investments, the state government is aiming to increase employment levels and reduce regional and social inequality, with its short and medium term actions. On Seicom’s agenda is adding value in mining through verticalization – from ore to the end product, and buying from local suppliers and attracting strategic suppliers.
Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the twelfth consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa is present in Latin America and the Caribbean where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees. This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.
In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil. In the same year it was considered a benchmark in sustainability, being one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. In 2013, it was recognized for the twelfth time as one of the Best Companies to Work and for the second consecutive year the Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at www.alcoa.com.br and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at twitter.com/AlcoaBrasil and follow Alcoa on Facebook at facebook.com/AlcoaBrasil.