February 22, 2012

Alcoa SMZ launched the new EBNER furnace for aluminum ingots preheating and homogenization

February 21, 2012, Samara - ZAO Alcoa SMZ had an official ceremony dedicated to the launching of the new EBNER furnace for preheating and homogenization of aluminum ingots for can stock production.

Putting new high-capacity EBNER furnace into operation is another stage of the extended modernization program that Alcoa has been implementing at its Russian plants since 2005. The Investment in EBNER furnace installation is estimated at $14 000 000.

The equipment was designed and supplied by the Austrian company EBNER, a recognized leader in heat treating complexes for semi-finished products treatment in ferrous, aluminum and non-ferrous metallurgy.

‘Alcoa Russia facilities manufacture products that meet the world’s highest quality standards’, - noted Andrey Donets, Alcoa Global Packaging Group President. – ‘The new investment project implemented at Alcoa SMZ, will help us meet the growing expectations of our customers on quality and output volumes of the products that we supply to them and to improve production efficiency’. 

Vladislav Kapustin, Samara region government deputy chairman – Minister for economic development, investments and trade of Samara region: «It’s a pleasure to realize that Samara region is a worthy platform for the implementation of such ambitious projects in the sphere of manufacturing facilities modernization that Alcoa demonstrates today. I am convinced that technological development and modernization of Samara region industrial complex ensures sustainable and long-term development of the region and improvement of living standards of our people. The successful experience of Alcoa is a good example for other large investors who consider the opportunity of investment projects implementation on the territory of Samara region’. 


About Alcoa
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 10 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world.
www.alcoa.com.
 
Alcoa first entered Russia in 1993. In 2005 the company acquired two fabricating facilities in Samara and Belaya Kalitva. Since 2005 Alcoa has invested over $787 million to upgrade its Russian facilities.
www.alcoa.ru 
 



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Andrey Donets speaking at the launching ceremony



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Vladislav Kapustin speaking at the launching ceremony



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Vladislav Kapustin and Andrey Donets cut the blue ribbon



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Location Manager Mikhail Spichak lauches the Ebner furnace



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