In 1902, Alcan was synonymous with aluminum production. Today, it offers much more. Alcan has evolved into one of the globeâ€™s leading suppliers of bauxite, alumina and aluminum, and a top-ranked provider of engineered and packaging materials, delivering increased productivity, competitiveness and profitability to customers around the world.
Alcanâ€™s strength lies in the powerful synergy of its skilled people, its market-driven solutions, its advanced technology and its proven commitment to sustainable value creation. Focused on its governing objective of Maximizing Value, todayâ€™s Alcan is a strategic operating company that is more attuned and responsive to market opportunities.
Rolled out in 2004, the Alcan Integrated Management System (AIMS) enables the Company to share best practices and tools for improvement, while ensuring all businesses make portfolio choices that create sustainable competitive advantages. Each of Alcanâ€™s four business groups â€” Bauxite and Alumina, Primary Metal, Engineered Products and Packaging â€” holds strong market positions in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Selected as a â€śSuper-Sector Leaderâ€ť on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index in 2005, Alcan seeks to balance its economic, environmental and social responsibilities everywhere it operates. Another important focus is on developing strong leaders and empowering employees, the driving force behind Alcanâ€™s innovative solutions and services, and its ability to anticipate and meet customersâ€™ changing requirements.
Today, Alcan has some 68,000 employees, including its joint ventures, in 61 countries and regions. With its head office in Montreal, Canada, Alcan is a public company traded on the Toronto, New York, London, Paris and Swiss stock exchanges with 2006 revenues of $23.6 billion.