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September 14, 2011
Alcoa, CPI Announce Letter of Intent to Develop Joint Venture Producing High End Aluminum Products
BEIJING, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) and the China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) have
signed a Letter of Intent that marks an important step in the evolution
of the two companies’ partnership, Alcoa announced today.
The letter provides a framework for a completed joint venture, which
will focus on producing high-end fabricated aluminum products in China
and leverage Alcoa and CPI’s existing capabilities. The new joint
venture’s world-class facilities will be well positioned to capture
growth in the Chinese automotive, aerospace, packaging and consumer
The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation
on projects in China and around the world during Chinese President Hu’s
state visit to Washington, DC, earlier this year.
“This new agreement points to the real progress both companies have made
since signing the memorandum of understanding, and I look forward to
formalizing the joint venture,” said Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus
Kleinfeld. “Our joint venture will help shape the future of China’s
fast-growing aluminum industry.”
CPI President Lu Qizhou added, “I am excited to see our partnership
taking a further step. Deeper cooperation in high-end aluminum
fabrication will definitely broaden the space for both companies'
development and accelerate our common endeavor to move forward.”
Further terms of the joint venture were not disclosed.
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated
aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of
alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry,
Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace,
automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial
transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the
past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled
products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels,
fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building
systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as
titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral
part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and
engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for nine consecutive years and approximately
75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in
active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31
countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.
China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) is one of the five Gencos in
China and a comprehensive energy group integrating industries of power,
coal, aluminum, railway and port. It is the only enterprise in China
possessing assets in hydropower, thermal power, nuclear power and new
energies at the same time, and is one of the three companies in China
that are authorized to develop, build and operate nuclear power plants.
By the end of 2010, CPI had installed capacity of 70.72GW, of which
17.74GW was hydropower, which ranked first among the five Gencos. Clean
energy accounted for 30% of the total portfolio, the highest among the
five Gencos. Meanwhile, CPI had coal production capacity of 72.75
million tons and aluminum production capacity of 2.08 million tons.