What is an aluminium smelter?
In modern primary aluminium smelting plants, aluminium oxide—known as alumina—is dissolved in an electrolytic bath of molten sodium aluminium fluoride within a carbon- or graphite-lined steel container known as a "pot." An electric current is passed through the pot. Molten aluminium is then deposited at the bottom of the pot and is siphoned off to be cast into ingots, which in turn become feedstock for downstream manufacturing of numerous aluminium-based products.

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How many aluminium smelters does Alcoa operate?
We operate or have major interest in more than 20 smelters worldwide that are located in Australia, Canada, Norway, United States, Italy, Spain, Iceland and Brazil. These smelters are among the safest in the world and are subject to strict environmental performance requirements. Many have earned awards for their environmental, health, and safety performance. They are well-regarded in their respective communities and are an integral part of the social fabric and economies of those communities.

We understand that management of environment, health, and safety requires continuous diligence, and this is what we will bring in our approach here in Brunei—as we do everywhere.

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What is the state of the aluminium industry?
Demand for aluminium is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.5% and will almost double between 2010 and 2020. The growth is spurred by the metal’s unique properties that provide strength and durability combined with the environmental benefits of light weight (reduces vehicle weight for better fuel mileage) and recyclability.