Profile: Alcoa Inc (AA_p.A)
23 Dec 2014
Alcoa Inc. (Alcoa), incorporated on September 18, 1888, is engaged in lightweight metals, products and solutions. The Company offers its technology and expertise in automotive and aerospace transportation, building and construction, consumer electronics and packaging, defense applications across air, land and sea, and the oil and gas industry. The Company is also a producer of primary aluminum, as well as a miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The Company’s segments include Alumina, Primary Metals, Global Rolled Products and Engineered Products and Solutions.
Alumina segment represents a portion of Alcoa’s upstream operations and consists of the Company’s refinery system, including the mining of bauxite, which is then refined into alumina. Alumina is mainly sold directly to internal and external smelter customers worldwide or is sold to customers who process it into industrial chemical products.
Primary Metals segment represents a portion of Alcoa’s upstream operations and consists of the Company’s worldwide smelter system. Primary Metals receives alumina, mostly from the Alumina segment, and produces primary aluminum used by Alcoa’s fabricating businesses, as well as sold to external customers, aluminum traders, and commodity markets.
Global Rolled Products
Global Rolled Product segment represents Alcoa’s midstream operations, whose principal business is the production and sale of aluminum plate and sheet. A small portion of this segment’s operations relate to foil produced at one plant in Brazil. Global Rolled Products segment includes rigid container sheet (RCS), which is sold directly to customers in the packaging and consumer market and is used to produce aluminum beverage cans. Global Rolled Products segment also includes sheet and plate used in the aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation, and building and construction markets (mainly used in the production of machinery and equipment and consumer durables), which is sold directly to customers and through distributors.
Engineered Products and Solutions
Engineered Products and Solutions segment represents Alcoa’s downstream operations and includes titanium, aluminum, and super alloy investment castings; forgings and fasteners; aluminum wheels; integrated aluminum structural systems; and architectural extrusions used in the aerospace, automotive, building and construction, commercial transportation, and power generation markets. These products are sold directly to customers and through distributors.
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