Alcoa affirms that the plants of Avilés and A Coruña are the least productive of the group due to the structural problems that it is going through, both productive and technological, and it foresees that the "significant" losses recorded by both facilities, which employ 686 workers, will continue.
Due to these factors, the company has announced the start of a collective dismissal procedure that will affect all employees of its Avilés and A Coruña plants, which have 317 and 369 workers, respectively.
Alcoa maintains that the analyzes carried out on the productive situation of the operations in Spain conclude that organizational improvements could be achieved with the cessation of production in Avilés and A Coruña, maintaining production in a single plant, that of San Cibrao, which produces aluminum as alumina.
According to the data offered by Alcoa, the production capacity of primary aluminum from Avilés and A Coruña is 93,000 and 87,000 metric tons per year, respectively.
In addition, the company is committed to working to reduce the impact of this process on employees and to negotiate a social plan with the workers' representatives that allows reaching the "best" agreement for the parties "aware of the human and social repercussions of this anouncement".
In particular, Alcoa assures that the plants of Avilés and A Coruña are affected by structural and technological production problems such as their lower production capacity, a less efficient technology and high fixed costs.
In this sense, it indicates that the structural problems, together with external market factors, such as China's overcapacity of production, the high price of raw materials and the cost of energy, have generated "significant" losses in these plants in the last two years that predictably will continue.
Alcoa has also indicated that "in an attempt to overcome these adverse conditions, has made significant efforts" in recent years to reduce costs in the plants of Aviles and A Coruña and maintain employment.
However, the company points out, due to an older and less efficient technology, economy of scale and other factors, these plants continue without being competitive.
Thus, in accordance with current legislation, Alcoa will initiate a period of consultations with the workers' representatives.
After this announcement, the president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has described as "very bad news" the closure announced by the multinational Alcoa of its plants in A Coruña and Avilés, and has advanced that it will raise its Asturian counterpart, Javier Fernández , work together to offer a coordinated response.
For its part, the Asturian government has shown its rejection of Alcoa alumina decision to close its plants in Aviles and A Coruña and criticized "the unusual way of proceeding" of the company, which until now had not warned "by any medium "of this possibility.
For his part, the president of the Principality has transferred this rejection to the company's management and has also been in contact with his Galician counterpart, as explained by the Minister of the Presidency and spokesman of the Asturian Government, Guillermo Martínez.