Aluminum Co. is still in negotiations over which company will
market product from its Sebree, Ky., facility after the end of
"No decision has been
made," a spokesman for Chicago-based Century said in an Aug. 27
e-mail to AMM. He did not provide a timeline for talks
or indicate when a deal might be announced.
Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.,
which is handling commercial arrangements for the Sebree
facility this year, is negotiating with Century about sales
agreements for 2014 and beyond, a spokesman for Rio Tinto
Alcan said, declining to comment further.
acquired the Sebree facility from Montreal-based Rio Tinto
Alcan in June (
amm.com, June 3). The two sides agreed that Rio
Tinto Alcan would sell product from Sebree for the balance of
2013, although Rio Tinto Alcan would like to continue to market
billet and ingot from the facility beyond the end of the year
amm.com, May 10).
Some market sources
are concerned that they dont know who they will be
dealing with in 2014, noting that discussions between Century
and Rio Tinto Alcan have stretched uncomfortably close into
participants have suggested that Baar, Switzerland-based
Glencore Xstrata Plc, Centurys largest shareholder, could
replace Rio Tinto in handling commercial agreements for Sebree
amm.com, Aug. 20). A Glencore Xstrata spokesman
referred questions on Sebree to Century Aluminum.