Alcoa-Kofem celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2011. This timeline was prepared on this occasion. Click the timeline at the top of the page to see details for each time period.

 

Jenő Láng chief engineer and plant manager

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Jenő Láng chief engineer and plant manager

 

25 June, 1941

Magyar Bauxitbánya Rt. (Hungarian Bauxit-Mine Stock Company) and Dürener Metallwerke sign the agreement about founding the company. Jenő Láng mechanical engineer is assigned as chief engineer and plant manager.

 

Agreement about the foundation of the company (Hungarian only)

 

 


Trade licence, 09 April, 1943

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Trade licence, 09 April, 1943

 

21 April, 1943

Day of the first rolling; the headcount is 174. By autumn all buildings of the factory reach completion, including the support services buildings. A destructive airstrike hits the factory.

 

 

 

 

 


6 December, 1944

Immediate paralyzing of the factory and removal of some of the raw materials and machines are ordered.

 

In the spring of 1945 after World War II, the company starts clearing away the ruins. Occurs that the factory has to be completely taken down because of the retrievals, but eventually this does not happen.

 

Seal of MASZOBAL

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Seal of MASZOBAL

MASZOBAL – Collective Bargaining

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MASZOBAL – Collective Bargaining

 

8 April, 1946

An agreement is made between the Hungarian and Soviet governments about transforming the former Hungarian & German corporations. Ernő Éder becomes the leader of the mill in Székesfehérvár and number of workers reaches 248 again.


1951-1953

First period of investment, which means the reconstruction of Rolling-mill. The machines arrive as apport of Russians.

 


Ferenc Jankovits, the first Hungarian director

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Ferenc Jankovits, the first Hungarian director

 

1954

Nomination of the first Hungarian director of the company, Ferenc Jankovits.


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1 January, 1955 

Könnyűfémmű gets into Hungarian property.


Rolling-mill expansion,1955

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Rolling-mill expansion, 1955

 

Building the workers' hostel, 1955

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Building the workers’ hostel, 1955

1954-1957

Second period of investment.
The goal is to assure 10,000 Metric tons producing capacity, and to employ 966 workers at the end of the development. Beside technological expansion, worker hostels and company owned flats are built as well.

 

Within the compass of Hungarian-Soviet Intergovernmental Agreement, Soviet Union grants a long-term credit for developing Könnyűfémmű in 2 steps.


Ingot plant (Factory development I.)

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Ingot plant (Factory development I.)

 

New soviet press

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New soviet press

1958-1962
First period of factory development.

Parts:

  • Area of the company is extended by 27 hectares,
  • A new ingot plant is built,
  • A new extrusion plant is built,
  • Recirculation water systems are made
  • Establish a raw-water pipe at Rákhegy.


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Memorial and its tablet at the main gate of Alcoa-Kofem of the signing the Hungarian-Soviet Alumina -Aluminum Agreement

 

15 November, 1962 

Signing of Hungarian-Soviet Alumina -Aluminum Agreement


Hot-mill

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Hot-mill

Slab casting department of Ingot Plant

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Slab casting department of Ingot Plant

 

1965 - 1971
Factory development period #2

  • Slab casting department of the ingot plant is built (50,000 Metric tons/Year),
  • Wide-gage rolling-mill is completed (60,000 Metric tons/Year),
  • Extrusion plant is further improved,
  • Proto-type workshop is improved,
  • New boiler-room, doctor’s office, etc.

New bay of the extrusion plant

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New bay of the extrusion plant

1973-1976
Factory development period #3

  • Acquisition of wide-gage rolling-mill supplementary and quality-improving equipment
  • New bay to the extrusion plant, press-revamping

 

Headcount:

  • Ingot                   365
  • Rolling-mill           764
  • Extrusion             650
  • Finished goods      171
  • Shipment             118
  • Maintenance         455
  • Energy                 249

Total:                  2,772

 


Japanese cold-mill

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Japanese cold-mill

1975 - 1983
Factory development period #4:
The goal is to produce 100,000 Metric tons of rolled products; 50,000 Metric tons of extruded products and 2,000 Metric tons of forged products.  Parts of the investment are:

  • New rolling-mill hall
  • New melting-holding-casting furnace
  • Improvement of finishing equipment in the ingot plant
  • New cold-mill line and revamping of the existing ones
  • New high-powered slab pre-heating furnaces
  • New extrusion hall, press-improvement
  • Anodizing plant, etc.

 

Executives after privatization, 1993

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Executives after privatization, 1993

 

1 January, 1993
Alcoa buys 50.1% of the company. Rudolf Armbrüster is assigned as chief executive of Alcoa-Köfém Kft.


CSI products, closures

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CSI products, closures

 

1994
Foundation of Alcoa-CSI (bottle cap factory) in Hungary (Székesfehérvár).

 

New Occupational-Health Center is formed, and FLITS production-managing system is initiated in the Rolling-mill.


wire harnesses

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wire harnesses

 

1995
Foundation of AFL (wire-harnesses for the automotive industry) in Hungary (Mór)


From 1 May, 1996 

Ralph Matera manages the company as chief executive.

 


Alcoa logo

Alcoa logo

 

1 July, 1996
Alcoa buys the remaining 49.9% of the company, so Alcoa-Köfém completely gets into American property.


Wheels in the plant in Székesfehérvár

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Wheels in the plant in Székesfehérvár

 

1997
Foundation of AWPE business unit (aluminum wheels) in Hungary


From 1 January, 1999
Phil Collins manages the company as chief executive.
Production of the Ingot Plant exceeds 200,000 Metric tons. In 1999 AWPE Kft. acquires the ISO 14001 certificate, as well as the business units of Alcoa-Köfém Kft. in 2000.

 


Inserts

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Inserts

 

AFSR certificates

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AFS certificates

2002
Foundation of AFS business unit (aerospace fastening systems, lockbolts) in Hungary (Nemesvámos).

 

Establishment of GBS organization for supplying financial and administrative services to the Alcoa European sites.

 


 

Rolling-mill acquires the ISO-TS16949 certificate.

 


Samis 2 circle-press system

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Samis 2 circle-press system

 

2004
Ingot record production: reaching 284,638 Metric tons/Year. Eight (8) new heat treatment furnaces and the Samis 2 circle-press system start to work in the Rolling-mill.


From 1 July, 2005
Dr. Béla Forgó manages the company as chief executive.
HR services center is created. Machining, finishing and packaging capacity extending developments are made in AWPE, and slab-size increasing project and slitter line no. 6 project start in the Rolling-mill.

 


Turbine vanes

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Turbine vanes

 

2006
Foundation of HOWMET business unit (precision machining of industrial gas turbine vanes) in Hungary, and AFSR acquires the ISO 14001 certificate.


New cargo reception

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New cargo reception

 

2007
Selling of the Extrusion Plant.
HOMWET business unit acquires the AS 9100 and the ISO 14001 certificates.
AWPE develops DuraBright process.
Inaugurate of the new cargo reception which alleviates city of Szekesfehervar from heavy traffic.


Official inaguruation, 2008

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Official inaguruation, 2008

 

2008
Selling of CSI business unit.

 

Official inauguration of Cold-mill no. 4 and supplementary investments, which are made with government incentives.


2009
Selling of AFL business unit. Rolling mill and Ingot Plant integration goes off.

 



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2010
Selling of AUTOMOTIVE business unit.


2011
HOWMET transports the 100,000th casting.

 


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Family Days since 1996



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10 Million Trees Program – 1998-2010, 62,766 trees planted



Alcoa Foundation: 1993-2010, supporting 420 projects with HUF 1,102 million (USD 5.8 million)



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Volunteer engagements: through our volunteer engagement projects an additional HUF 247 million (USD 1.3 million) got into the civil sector
Bravo (one-person volunteering): 3,149 people and  132,767 worked hours
ACTION (team work): 234 projects, 2,167 people and 9,231 worked hours



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Healthcare screening programs on a yearly basis


Employee Assistance Program – mental hygiene service

 



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Daily curative gym for employees who work with computers



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Young-Mother Program since 2008



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Pensioner Club and Pensioners’ Meeting every year

 



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Celebration for employees having long service at the company – we celebrate our employees with 25 and 40 years service time

 


Year-End Celebrations

 



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No Christmas Without Moving – Sports day every year in December

 


Help Foundation – continuous assistance to our colleagues and their families struck by disaster

 



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Household Hazardous Waste Collection twice a year

 


Environmental Awareness Improvement Program for primary school students