Alcan is one of the largest aluminum producers outside the former Soviet Union. In Canada, where the bulk of its aluminum smelting capacity is located, the company generates a significant share of its electricity requirements from its own hydroelectric facilities. This relatively low cost energy source enables Alcan to rank as one of the lowest cost aluminum producers. In 1995, Alcan had sales of $9.2 billion (US), assets of $9.7 billion (US) and 39 000 employees (13 000 in Canada). Shares are broadly held and foreign ownership stands at 45%. The company has offices and operations in 30 countries.
Author DEBORAH C. SAWYER
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