Canadian Manufacturing

$36 million smelter upgrade for Rio Tinto Alcan

Rio Tinto Alcan announced a $36 million upgrade for its Laterriere smelter in Quebec.



SAGUENAY, Que.—Rio Tinto Alcan will spend $36 million at its Laterriere smelter in Quebec to upgrade the plant’s systems.

The company said the money will be spent on a two-year project to improve the electrolytic cell control system at the plant.

The Laterriere metal plant first started up in 1989 and produces 235,000 tonnes of primary aluminum and 225,000 tonnes of sheet ingot a year.

Rio Tinto Alcan is the Anglo- Australian miner’s aluminum group, headquartered in Montreal where an independent Alcan was based before its takeover. The unit produced four million tonnes of aluminum in 2008.

It is owned by Rio Tinto Group plc, one of the world’s largest mining companies.

PHOTO: Rio Tinto Alcan

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