US company Alcoa engages in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina worldwide, and participates in all major aspects of the industry: technology, mining, refining, smelting, fabricating and recycling. Its products include precision castings, industrial fasteners, consumer products, food service and flexible packaging products, plastic closures, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. Alcoa's operations consist of six worldwide segments: alumina, primary metals, flat-rolled products, extruded and end products, engineered solutions, and packaging and consumer. Alcoa's products are used in aircraft, automobiles, commercial transportation, packaging, consumer products, building and construction, and industrial applications. In June, 2015, the company announced the close of its Poços de Caldas aluminum smelter in Brazil due to challenging global market conditions and increased costs that have made the smelters uncompetitive. Founded in 1888 and based in New York, Alcoa is a global company operating in 44 countries with mining interests in Australia, Brazil, Guinea, Jamaica, and Suriname. Normal 0
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