What's New Archive 2012

October 5, 2012
Fluoride concentration in grass near the Alcoa Fjardaál smelter temporarily increased
The outcome of annual sampling of grass in the vicinity of the Alcoa Fjardaál smelter in Reydarfjördur, which was presented to the company on Monday, shows that the fluoride concentration is higher this year than it has been for the past few years. The concentration, however, does not exceed the company‘s set levels in the Environmental Operating Permit (EOP).  Fjardaál has reported the these outcomes to the Environmental and Food Agency (EFA).
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August 27, 2012
Almost three thousand guests celebrated Alcoa Fjardaál’s anniversary Almost three thousand  people attended a festival at the Alcoa Fjardaál site in Reydarfjordur, Iceland, when the company celebrated the five year anniversary of the smelter on Sunday, 26 August. Alcoa staff and families got together with the local community and enjoyed various kinds of entertainment for all ages.
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June 9, 2012
Alcoa Fjardaál potlining facility now in operation: An investment of 36 million dollars Oddný G. Hardardóttir, Minister of Industry and Acting Minister of Finance, and Janne Sigurdsson, director of Alcoa Fjardaál, formally opened the new Fjardaál potlining facility in Reydarfjordur today, in the presence of members of Parliament, town council members and other invited guests. Several Fjardaál employees also attended the ceremony. After the opening, the potlining facility started operations and thus the construction of the smelter, which started in 2004, has been completed.
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May 31, 2012
Successful Community Day in East Iceland Around 350 volunteers from Fjardabyggd, Fljótsdalshérad and Seydisfjördur – three communities in East Iceland – worked on various projects in the summer heat last Saturday. Alcoa Fjardaál employees arranged 4 ACTION-projects for the occasion, which are supported by the Alcoa Foundation. Volunteering is part of being an Alcoan in communities worldwide.
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May 11, 2012
Minister visits the Alcoa Fjardaál smelter The Icelandic government met in Egilsstadir, East Iceland on Tuesday. One of the reasons for the visit was to sign agreements on projects in East Iceland to the amount of about 8 million dollars. Projects encouraging innovation and development for the fishing and aluminium industries are among those to be funded. Oddný G. Hardardóttir, Minister of Finance and appointed Minister of Industry, used the opportunity to visit Alcoa Fjardaál with her assistant, Gunnar Tryggvason.
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May 8, 2012
Alcoa Named One of China’s Top 100 Green Companies Alcoa has been named one of China’s Top 100 Green Companies by Green Company Magazine in its annual ranking of corporate sustainability practices. It is the second year in a row Alcoa has been recognized by the publication for environmental leadership.
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March 5, 2012
Transformer restarted at the Alcoa Fjardaál smelter - Smelter now reaching same production level as before transformer fire The rectifier which was damaged in a fire in the Alcoa Fjardaál smelter in December 2010 has been restored and restarted. While a transformer in it had to be replaced, other parts could be repaired. The amperage for the potline, which was decreased after the fire, has now been increased and the production is gradually reaching its former level.
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March 1, 2012
Smelter employees from Saudi Arabia trained in Iceland Alcoa and the Saudi Arabian mining company Ma‘aden are now constructing one of the world‘s largest smelters in Ras Al Khair on the east coast of the Kingdom. This is Alcoa‘s first smelter in the Middle East. Production will start next year and for that reason a group of thirty employees from Saudi Arabia is expected to Iceland on Sunday. The group will be trained at Fjardaál for a few months under the leadership of experienced Fjardaál employees.
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January 3, 2012
Janne Sigurdsson appointed Managing Director of Alcoa Fjardaál Janne Sigurdsson, Production Manager, Alcoa Fjardaál, has been appointed Managing Director of the company effective 1st January 2012. Janne will replace Tómas Már Sigurdsson, who was recently appointed President, European Region and GPP Europe, located in Geneva, Switzerland. Furthermore, Magnús Thór Ásmundsson, General Process Owner and Rod Shop Manager, Alcoa Fjardaál, replaces Tómas Már as Country Manager for Alcoa in Iceland.
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