Montreal, Canada, November 29 (ots/PRNewswire)
- Alcan Inc. (NYSE,
TSX: AL) announced today that its subsidiary, Alcan Iceland Ltd., has
been awarded the Icelandic Quality Award by Iceland's Prime Minister,
Mr. Halldor Asgrimsson. The Award is Iceland's most prestigious
honour given annually to businesses and organizations judged to be
the most successful in achieving business excellence.
"This distinct honour is testament to the exceptional job Alcan
Iceland employees and managers are doing in maintaining the highest
standard of quality at our site and within the communities in which
we operate," said Cynthia Carroll, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Alcan Primary Metal Group.
"This award is given only to leading companies in Iceland and we
are very proud to count ourselves a part of that exclusive group,"
added Rannveig Rist, the General Manager of Alcan Iceland.
The Icelandic Quality Award is a joint effort by The University of
Iceland, The Confederation of Icelandic Employers, The Commercial
Workers Union of Reykjavik, The office of the Prime Minister, and
Excellence Iceland. The winning company is selected by a group of
independent auditors who assess how well nominees comply with the
European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) model.
Ms. Rist accepted the award from the Prime Minister in a ceremony
at the Grand Hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland. The Prime Minister praised
Alcan's employees and managers saying, "Alcan Iceland is the only
company in Iceland that holds certified management systems for
quality (ISO 9001), safety (OSHAS 18001) and environment (ISO 14001).
The company has strategically improved purchasing processes,
financial processes, human resources and continuous improvement with
methods that Alcan is implementing across all functions."
In Iceland, Alcan operates a 178kt per year primary aluminum
smelter and employs 500 people. The Icelandic Quality Award
contributes to Alcan's already good reputation in Iceland and the
company has received number of awards in recent years: The Awards of
Occupational Education, The Environmental Recognition, The
Occupational Health and Safety Recognition and The Gender Equality
Alcan is a multinational, market-driven company and a global
leader in aluminum and packaging. With world-class operations in
primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum as well as flexible and
specialty packaging, aerospace applications, bauxite mining and
alumina processing, today's Alcan is well positioned to meet and
exceed its customers' needs for innovative solutions and service.
Alcan employs approximately 70,000 people and has operating
facilities in 55 countries and regions.
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