Alcoa Acquires Samara and Belaya Kalitva Facilities from Rusal
Alcoa has announced that it has proceeded with its purchase of Rusal’s fabricating facilities in Samara and Belaya Kalitva in the Russian Federation. One of the two plants will be used for forged wheel production.The news following approval of the relevant Russian governmental organisation, the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS). This resulted in an FAS private ruling stipulating condition to ensure that Alcoa complies with its legal requirements and notification obligations. With the final government approvals in place, Alcoa and Rusal say they are taking the necessary steps to complete the transaction.
According to the companies, the terms of the transaction will be disclosed when the deal has been completed, which is expected at the end of January 2005. “The decision is an important step forward for both Alcoa and for Rusal,” said Alexander Bulygin, Rusal’s CEO. “For us, it means we can move ahead with our strategic focus on upstream and alloy production, and on expanding our raw materials access. We welcome Alcoa to Russia and anticipate continuing close relations in the future.”
The Samara facility is located about 500 miles southeast of Moscow. It features cast house, flat rolled products, extrusion, and forging capabilities and serves customers in a number of different markets, including transportation, packaging, and industrial products.
The Belaya Kalitva facility is located about 500 miles south of Moscow. The facility also features cast house, flat rolled products, extrusions, tubes, and forgings capabilities. The Belaya Kalitva facility has specialised plate rolling and finishing equipment that will complement and increase Alcoa’s present supply position. Alcoa claims that with its know how and management systems, the plant will not only be able to expand the product offerings for Russian customers but also will eventually be able to produce products for major customers in the west.