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Alcoa World Alumina to Increase Production at Point Comfort Facility
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa World Alumina announced today
that it would adjust the alumina refining production rate at its Point
Comfort, Texas refinery from 1.8 million metric tons per year (mtpy)
to 2.3 million mtpy by the end of the second quarter. For the calendar
year 2003, the plant is scheduled to produce an additional 300,000 mt
above the 1.8 million mtpy rate, for a total of 2.1 million mt. The
move is in response to increased demand for alumina. Production levels
at Point Comfort will continue to be evaluated in light of future
Alcoa World Alumina, AWA, is a global alliance between Alcoa Inc.
and Alumina Limited of Australia. It operates alumina refineries and
bauxite mines in seven countries. Worldwide, AWA alumina capacity is
13.9 million mtpy.
Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum,
fabricated aluminum and alumina, and is active in all major aspects of
the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging,
building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial
markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other
capabilities of Alcoa's businesses as a single solution to customers.
In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets
consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap(R) aluminum foil, Alcoa(R)
wheels, and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its other businesses are
vinyl siding, closures, precision castings, and electrical
distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 127,000
employees in 39 countries. For more information go to www.alcoa.com