July 13, 2012

Chairman of Samara Region Duma and Head of Samara City visited Alcoa SMZ

Victor Sazonov, Head of Samara Region Duma, and Dmitry Azarov, Head of Samara City, visited ZAO Alcoa SMZ during the celebration of the professional holiday – Metallurgist Day. Other visitors included: Maksim Barov, Head of Project Administration in Ministry of Industry, Energy and Technology of Samara Region; Vadim Kostin, Deputy Head of Kirovsky District of Samara; Valery Fomichev, President of Chamber of Commerce in Samara Region.

During the visit they met with the top management of Alcoa Russia and discussed plant upgrade, investment programs, expansion of technological capabilities and implementation of new effective Alcoa technologies.

Mikhail Spichak, Plant Manager, ZAO Alcoa SMZ: “Samara plant makes a significant contribution to the development of the Russian Metallurgy. For the last 5 years the company has implemented an extended upgrade program that included enhancements of environment, health and safety system, launch of lean production system, personnel training and improvement of workforce potential. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the plant is no worse than any of the similar plants on Europe or the USA”.

Victor Sazonov, Chairman of Samara Region Duma, expressed his satisfaction with the changes that had taken place at the plant for five years and emphasized the importance of the company’s investment programs for the economy of Samara Region.

Dmitry Azarov, Head of Samara City, noted the huge potential of the plant in terms of the city development and thanked the employees for their help in beautification of the adjacent plant area and congratulated them on the professional holiday.

Employees of Alcoa SMZ were recognized with awards, certificates and thank-you letters from state and regional ministries, regional and city governments.

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.

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.

Media contact:
Nina Byvsheva
Head of Media Relations

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Alexander Larin, Cutter in Flat-Rolled Products, receives a Thank-you letter from Victor Sazonov

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Andrey Veldyaksov, Manager, Finance, receives a Thank-you letter from Dmitry Azarov

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Nikolay Potrashkov, Maintenance fitter, Extrusions, is named Honored Metallurgist by Ministry of Industry and Trade. Maxim Barov hands the sign and certificate