CHICAGO Alcoa Inc. plans to permanently close its
smelter in Fusina, Italy, in response to low aluminum prices,
the company said June 28.
The smelter has been idled since mid-2010 (
amm.com, May 12, 2010
The Fusina smelter has annual capacity of 44,000 tonnes per
year, and the removal of that potential production from the
market comes in addition to the 460,000 tonnes of operating
smelting capacity the New York-based aluminum producer has said
it is considering taking offline.
The shutdown of the smelter will not impact Alcoas
rolling mill in Fusina, the Pittsburgh-based company said.
Alcoa has said it is mulling cutting as much as 460,000 tonnes
of smelter capacity over the next year in response to swooning
aluminum tags (amm.com
, May 1).
The underlying conditions that led Alcoa to curtail the
Fusina smelter in 2010 have not fundamentally changed,
Alcoa global primary products president Bob Wilt said in a
statement. Global aluminum prices remain weak, and we
must take action to maintain Alcoas
The cash primary aluminum contract on the London Metal Exchange
ended the June 28 official session at $1,731 per tonne, down
4.7 percent from $1,815.50 per tonne on June 14 and off 18.5
percent from a 2013 high of $2,123 per tonne on Feb. 15.
The idled Fusina smelter employs 14 people, Alcoa said. The
company said that it would look to redevelop the closed smelter
and would also consult with local unions about social support
for employees affected by the shutdown.
Restructuring charges related to the shutdown are expected to
be between $30 million and $35 million after taxes, or
approximately 3 cents per share, Alcoa said.
Alcoa acquired the Fusina smelter from Montedison Montedison
SpA, an Italian industrial holding company, in April 2006.
Located in front of Venice Lagoon, the facility is made up of
100 end-by-end pots which are supplied by 160 kiloamperes of
electrical power, according to the companys web site.