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European Commission Approves Alcoa's Acquisition of British Aluminium Businesses PITTSBURGH--October 27, 2000--
Alcoa Inc. announced today that, following a one-month review, the
European Commission has approved its proposed acquisition of British
Aluminium. The transaction is expected to be completed by October 31,
The acquisition includes three soft-alloy extrusion operations at
Banbury, St. Helens and Latchford, England; a heat-treat plate mill in
Kitts Green, Birmingham, England; and a sheet mill in Dolgarrog, Wales.
It also includes two distribution businesses, Baco Metal Centres and
Aluminium Supply Aerospace, with branches located throughout the UK and
The British Aluminium operations and the distribution businesses will be
integrated into existing Alcoa Europe businesses.
"We are convinced that a strong presence in regional markets reinforces
our customer-driven business approach and represents a competitive
advantage," said Ricardo Belda, president of Alcoa Europe. "Over the
last decade Alcoa has demonstrated its commitment to European industry.
The addition of the British Aluminium operations is a major step for
Alcoa in Europe, providing us with excellent aerospace capabilities and
strengthening our commercial extrusions position in Europe."
Alcoa is the world's leading producer of aluminium and alumina, and a
major participant in all segments of the industry: mining, refining,
smelting, fabricating and recycling. Alcoa serves customers worldwide in
the consumer products, packaging, automotive, aerospace, construction
and other markets with a variety of fabricated and finished products.
The company has over 300 operating locations in 36 countries.
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