Rio Tinto Iceland

Raw Material Problems Prompt Shutdown Of One Potline At Rio Tinto’s Iceland Aluminium Smelter

Raw Material Problems Prompt Shutdown Of One Potline At Rio Tinto’s Iceland Aluminium Smelter

One of three potlines at Rio Tinto Group’s aluminium smelter at Hafnarfjörður has been idled due to a dearth of raw materials. Such was the announcement made to industry media on Tuesday. “Operations at the ISAL smelter have been impacted recently due...


Norsk Hydro Calls Off US$345-MM Deal To Purchase ISAL From Rio Tinto

A February deal between Norwegian aluminium firm Norsk Hydro A.S.A. and Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Group to buy Rio Tinto Iceland Ltd. (ISAL), a 53-percent stake in Dutch anode facility Aluminium & Chemie Rotterdam B.V. (Aluchemie) and a half interest in Swedish aluminium fluoride plant Alufluor AB (Alufluor) to for US$345 million is no […]

Rio Tinto Weighing Sale of French Aluminium Smelter

The resurgence of aluminium’s prices has prompted Anglo-Australian metals behemoth Rio Tinto Group to consider the sale of its 20-thousand-metric-ton-per-annum smelter in Dunkerque, France. According to a story that ran in The Australian this morning, Jean-Sebastien Jacques has been considering the sale of non-hydroelectric-powered aluminium assets, most of which the company acquired in its purchase […]

Workers at Rio Tinto’s Iceland Smelter to Block Aluminium Exports Over Wage Row

Workers at Rio Tinto’s Straumsvík plant have elected to stop loading aluminium onto shipping vessels starting next Wednesday. This is the latest move in a long-running labor dispute between the unions and plant management. The plant, located in Hafnarfjörður, has a yearly output of 180,000 metric tons and is responsible for fully one quarter of […]

A Strike, Once Averted, Looms on the Horizon at Rio Tinto Smelter in Iceland

Collective bargaining discussions have broken down at Rio Tinto’s aluminium smelter in Straumsvík, and a strike is among the actions that the plant’s unions may take if the parties remain at loggerheads. According to local media, representatives from labor and management met briefly on Friday morning, but were unable to make any progress on the […]