Supporting innovation to create wealth
Lightweight, flexible, easy to recycle and non-corrodible, aluminum is being used for a growing number of applications. In collaboration with other businesses and some government organizations, we are focusing on innovation to develop our markets. Québec boasts world-renowned expertise in the aluminum sector, and its critical mass of activities in aluminum production, processing and research have made it a bona fide hub for this industry.
Our Québec plants as benchmarks
Our Québec plants regularly welcome outside guests. From students eager to learn more about metallurgy to partners and members of the community, these visits are a great opportunity for us to showcase our facilities and highlight the expertise and passion of our people for what they do best.
Expertise: an exportable Québec resource
Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products employees enjoy a solid reputation throughout North America and beyond. Over the last few years, nearly 100 of our employees from Baie-Comeau, Bécancour and Deschambault have gone abroad for as long as 24 months to share best practices with their new colleagues at the Fjardaál Smelter in Iceland and at the anode plant in Mosjøen, Norway. The latter in turn came to Québec to be trained on our fully operational equipment while theirs was still being installed or tested.
The expertise or our employees is currently being applied to the megaproject for the construction of an industrial complex in Raz Az Zawr, Saudi Arabia, announced in 2009. This project, valued at more than $10 billion, includes a bauxite mine, an alumina refinery, a smelter and a rolling mill. Ma’aden is Alcoa’s Saudi partner in the initiative (read the press release).