There's no company on the planet with more experience mining, refining and smelting aluminum than Alcoa. Founded in 1888 by a group of investors and one of the world's two inventors of the commercial smelting process, Alcoa maintains its position on the leading edge of aluminum technology and sustainability.

It All Starts With Dirt

Alcoa's founders discovered how to make pure aluminum and created a new industry the world over.

Aluminum Smelting Technical Article

In-depth technical discussion of the principles of smelting, including chemical reactions and process details.