We manage our portfolio of smelting operations to maintain a competitive cost position and assure a reliable supply for our customers. Our newest production facility, the Ma’aden joint venture in Saudi Arabia (of which Alcoa owns 25.1%), is one of the world’s lowest cost fully integrated aluminum production sites. The Ma’aden joint venture includes a bauxite mine, an alumina refinery, an aluminum smelter, a casthouse and a rolling mill, integrated to deliver high-quality aluminum at a competitive cost.
Alcoa’s Smelting Center of Excellence provides innovation in breakthrough technology and automation that is needed to maintain our high standards of operating performance and product quality. Based in Canada, the Center is a training hub and a nerve center for developing, transferring and standardizing best practices in manufacturing and developing new technology.
|Country||Facility||Alcoa's share in 000 MTPY|
|Bécancour||310 (Joint venture with Rio Tinto)|
|United States||Evansville, IN (Warrick)||2691|
|Massena West, NY||130|
|Ferndale, WA (Intalco)||2793|
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Ras Al Khair – 186 (Alcoa’s 25.1% share in a total capacity of 740,000 mtpy)
* Also has idled capacity.
- On March 24, 2016, Alcoa permanently stopped production at the Warrick smelter.
- The Rockdale smelter has been fully curtailed since the end of 2008.
- The Intalco smelter has had approximately 49,000 mtpy of idle capacity. In November 2015, Alcoa announced that it would idle the remaining 230,000 mtpy capacity by the end of the first quarter of 2016. In January 2016, Alcoa announced that it will delay this further curtailment of the smelter until the end of the second quarter of 2016. On May 2, 2016, Alcoa announced that it would not curtail the Intalco smelter at the end of the second quarter as previously announced, as a result of an agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration.
- The Wenatchee smelter has had approximately 41,000 mtpy of idle capacity.