September 13, 2013
Alcoa takes part in Business Meeting in Santarém
The aim of the event is to bring together supply companies with the procurement areas of major industries in the State
This month the Federation of Industries of Pará (FIEPA), by way of the Supplier Development Network of the State of Pará (Redes), arranged a Focused Business Meeting with suppliers from the State’s western region. Arranged in partnership with Alcoa, the event took place in the headquarters of the Trade and Business Association of Santarém (ACES) and was attended by some 20 supply companies. Training is one of the strategic actions of Redes, the aim being to bring together local supply companies and the procurement areas of large buying industries in Pará. The focus is on encouraging a strengthening of contacts and the consolidation of new business in the State.
Alcoa is one of the companies that invest in valuing and strengthening local suppliers. In 2013, the company has already spent a total of R$100 million in the west Para region. This amount represents 95% of all the investments in the state, which amounted to R$106 million. This shows how the company is strengthening its relationship with regional suppliers and complying with the commitment it assumed when it set up its mining business in Juruti.
During the meeting in Santarém, Alcoa presented the criteria by which a company can become a supplier and what its current demands are in terms of materials that it’s buying. Those companies present at the event learned of these needs and pre-registered to become suppliers of specific materials in various segments, including items for electrical and mechanical assembly, and maintenance and civil construction, and bearings and electrical products.
For Marco Noronha, Procurement and Logistics Manager for Alcoa Juruti, the meeting was very productive and contributed to the debate on the challenges faced today in the region, such as the limited supply of local suppliers of some of the more complex materials. “There are supply companies which registered, but that don’t work with the materials the company needs”, he said. “We’re optimistic and want to sign more partnership deals in the region, but the supply companies also need to diversify their activities more”.
Demand and quality – Since then ginning of operations in 2009, Alcoa Juruti has valued, qualified and hired commercial partners based on the sustainability criteria established by the company’s own Sustainable Purchases Program.
All companies interested in forming part of the supply chain must reply to a basic questionnaire, which assesses labor, social, environmental and governance questions. The replies and documentary evidence are assessed by an internal or external auditor, and visits may be paid to possible partners to obtain more information about their practices.
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.