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Alcoa Adjusts Alumina Refining and Aluminum Fluoride Production
PITTSBURGH--February 9, 2001--
Alcoa Inc. announced today that it will adjust its alumina refining and
aluminum fluoride production.
Effective immediately, Alcoa World Alumina is reducing the operating
rate at its Point Comfort, Texas refinery to between 1.6 - 1.9 million
metric tons per year (mtpy) compared with its rated capacity of 2.3
million mtpy. The move is in response to decreased external and internal
demand for alumina. Production levels at Point Comfort will be evaluated
in light of future supply commitments. Worldwide, Alcoa's alumina
capacity is 14.1 million mtpy. Based on supply available from the
company's other refineries, the full output from Point Comfort is not
needed at this time.
Additionally, Alcoa said that effective March 31, 2001, it will
temporarily curtail production of aluminum fluoride at its Fort Meade,
Florida, facility due to reduced demand for the product. Fort Meade has
a rated capacity of 24,000 mtpy and was operating at approximately
two-thirds of rated capacity. Aluminum fluoride is used primarily in the
aluminum smelting process.
Alcoa World Alumina, which is a global alliance between Alcoa and WMC,
Ltd. of Australia, operates alumina refineries and bauxite mines in
seven countries. Alcoa is the world's largest producer of primary
aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina and participates in all
segments of the industry: mining, refining, smelting, fabricating and
Bonita A. Cersosimo
Charles D. McLane