NEWS RELEASE · 7th August 2013
Rio Tinto Alcan
Rio Tinto Alcan to immediately curtail 50,000 tonnes of aluminium production at its Shawinigan smelter in Quebec
Rio Tinto Alcan will immediately curtail 50,000 tonnes of production at its Shawinigan smelter in Quebec and will progressively curtail the remaining 50,000 tonnes of capacity by the end of November 2013.
"This decision follows a strategic review that explored every option for continuing smelting operations; due to dated technology and continued weakness in aluminium prices, Shawinigan's primary aluminium capacity is not currently sustainable," said Arnaud Soirat, chief executive officer of Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal. "We will work closely with our valued customers to limit the impact of this decision."
Étienne Jacques, chief operating officer, Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal North America stated: "Rio Tinto Alcan understands that the Shawinigan aluminium smelter is an important part of the Canada's industrial history and we will work with our key stakeholders to ensure that we manage any impact caused by this curtailment has in the most sensitive and respectful way."
Located in Quebec, Canada, the Shawinigan smelter was commissioned in 1942 and employs 425 people. Rio Tinto Alcan will provide any employees impacted as a result of the curtailment of production with re-training and job-search assistance through the company's comprehensive employee assistance program and through collaboration with regional and provincial partners.