MOSCOW, July 27 -- Russian aluminum giant United Co. Rusal PLC(0486.HK) said Monday it has divided its alumina and bauxite production into two substructures, East and West, following a similar division of its smelters three weeks ago.
Rusal said its new Alumina Division East is responsible for managing Russian alumina production assets such as Timan Bauxite, the Achinsk alumina complex, the Boksitogorsk alumina refinery, the North Urals bauxite mine, the Bogoslovsk and Urals aluminum smelters, as well as the Nikolaev alumina refinery in Ukraine.
The division is to be headed by Valery Matvienko, who has recently left OAO Norilsk Nickel (GMKN.RS).
The International Alumina Division, or Alumina Division West, has been put in charge of the western bauxite mining and alumina production companies, such as the Friguia Alumina Refinery and Compagnie des Bauxites de Kindia in Guinea, the Bauxite Company of Guyana, Aughinish Alumina in Ireland, Eurallumina in Italy, Alpart and Windalco in Jamaica and Queensland Alumina in Australia, Rusal said.
Also, the company said it has created Commercial Directorate to centralize and optimize purchasing to meet the demand of the aluminum and alumina divisions, and to manage the sales of secondary products.