Aluminum Demand to Double by 2020; Alcoa Innovation Driving Profitable Growth
NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) executives told investors today that the company is positioned to accelerate shareholder value creation.
Speaking at the Company’s Investor Day, executives outlined how Alcoa has met the commitments of its cash sustainability program, emerged stronger from the downturn with leading market positions, and is targeting profitable growth through innovation and technology.
“Growth in the aluminum industry is expected to double over the next 10 years, as increasing populations in emerging markets such as China and Brazil urbanize and turn to more sustainable products in transportation, buildings and packaging,” said Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld.
“Alcoa is uniquely positioned to benefit from this trend. We alone have the combination of technical depth, world-class assets, outstanding products and talented people to seize this opportunity and accelerate shareholder value.”
Executives outlined the unique strengths and major value drivers of their businesses, including:
Global Primary Products
- Leading competitive position in all segments of primary aluminum production
- Juruti and Sao Luis at full production by year-end 2010
- Ma’aden: lowest cost smelter online 2013, lowest cost refinery online 2014
- Centers of Excellence to drive continued productivity
- Improving cost curve position: targeting 23rd percentile in alumina, 41st percentile in aluminum by 2015
- Revenue growth through alumina index pricing
- Revenue growth through optimization of value-added primary products
Global Rolled Products
- Streamlined business - leaner and more profitable - with additional capacity to grow
- Growth investments in emerging markets creating value: China ramping-up and Russia profitable
- Ma’aden lowest cost rolling mill online in 2013
- Leadership position in aerospace and innovations for the automotive and packaging markets driving profitable growth faster than market recovery
- Targeting approximately $2.5 billion in additional revenue by 2013
Engineered Products and Solutions
- Restructured cost base with additional capacity to grow
- Strengthened portfolio: 85% of sales from #1 or #2 market leaders
- Innovation and new products to fuel profitable growth faster than market recovery
- Targeting approximately $1.6 billion in additional revenue by 2013
The webcast of the event is available for replay and the presentations are archived at www.alcoa.com/investorday.
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and 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 nine consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.
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