We manage our portfolio of smelting operations to maintain a competitive cost position and assure a reliable supply for our customers. Our newest production facility, the Ma’aden joint venture in Saudi Arabia (of which Alcoa owns 25.1%), is one of the world’s lowest cost fully integrated aluminum production sites. The Ma’aden joint venture includes a bauxite mine, an alumina refinery, an aluminum smelter, a casthouse and a rolling mill, integrated to deliver high-quality aluminum at a competitive cost.
Alcoa’s Aluminum Center of Excellence provides innovation in breakthrough technology and automation that is needed to maintain our high standards of operating performance and product quality. Based in Canada, the Center is a training hub and a nerve center for developing, transferring and standardizing best practices in manufacturing and developing new technology.
Alcoa Corporation’s primary aluminum smelters and their respective capacities as of December 31, 2017 are available on page 16 of our 2017 Form 10-K included in our 2017 Annual Report found here.