The Slatina-based plant was built 50 years ago and, all this time, has produced over 9.5 M tons of aluminium.
The highest production was recorded in 2008 – 265,000 tons of primary aluminium. The crisis caused a notable decrease of production, but, in the last 2-3 years, the company has managed to stabilise its production at a rate of almost 200,000 tons.
According to Gheorghe Dobra, CEO of the company, Alro will continue the modernisation of operations, with a budget of USD 59 M for 2015. The effort is aimed at growing the cost-effectiveness of the unit and its recycling capacities, while also expanding the range of products. In the last ten years, as a result of investment worth over USD 500 M, of which 100 M in environment protection features, the company ahs upgraded its equipment trying to remain competitive on international markets as well as in order to fully comply with existing environment protection regulations.
In 2005, Alro bought Alum Tulcea, in 2006 it merged with Alprom Slatina and then purchased a bauxite mine in Sierra Leone, making it a vertically-integrated group, Dobra stresses. The only thing missing from the equation is the energy production part, as energy now accounts for 35% of the cost per ton of aluminium. As a matter of fact, the company had major issues with energy in the last four years because of the cost of renewable energy and co-generation fee, paying a total of 160 M euro. ‘In the last four years we have been through a very difficult time because of the eco-fees, we have paid EUR 160 M. Now, after the reduction of the green certificate quota, we are on level playing field with our competitors in Europe’, Dobra also said during a meeting marking 50 years of Alro.
Alro is the largest aluminium smelter in Central and Eastern Europe
Alro is the largest aluminium smelter in Central and Eastern Europe. Alro is today one of Romania’s largest companies with an important contribution to the local and national economic development. The company is part of the international industrial and investment group Vimetco NV, which operates in the aluminium industry. Alro’s shares are traded on the Bucharest Stock Exchange.
Alro’s primary aluminium facilities are located in Slatina and currently comprise a smelter and processing facilities, including a cast house, hot and cold rolling mills and an extrusion shop. The company also owns Alum S.A., an alumina refinery based in Tulcea, which has currently suspended production for a modernisation programme.
Alro’s production processes and products have been certified in accordance with international standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 18001 (OHSAS 18001). In January 2006 the company obtained Romania’s Integrated Environmental Authorization certificate.
Alro’s customers consist of end users and metal traders both within Romania and beyond. More than 80% of Alro’s output is sold on the international market through the London Metal Exchange, and based on direct contracts with long-term customers in 25 countries of the world. In fact, Alro products are sold directly throughout the European Union, in Italy, Greece, Austria and Hungary, as well as Turkey, the Balkan countries and the United States.