SUSTAINABILITY FOR WINDALCO RELIES HEAVILY ON BEING ABLE TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY AND REDUCE OPERATIONAL COSTS.
OPERATING AT FULL CAPACITY Leonid Stavitskiy, Managing Director of the West Indies Alumina Company (WINDALCO), speaks to Sustainable Business Magazine about modernization, education, and dust.
West Indies Alumina Company (WINDALCO) is an alumina and bauxite production company located in Jamaica. The Company (formerly Alcan Jamaica Ltd.) was established in the 1950s. The Kirkvine plant was built in 1952, while the Ewarton refinery was constructed in 1956. Since then, the company has changed ownership several times. In 44 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
2007 RUSAL became the major shareholder of WINDALCO. In 2009 both alumina plants were mothballed. In 2010 the Ewarton Plant was reopened and production resumed. In 2014 RUSAL purchased the remainder of the shares and became the single owner of WINDALCO. Today WINDALCO has three primary locations: Alumina and bauxite
processing facilities at Ewarton and Kirkvine, and the Port Esquivel shipping port. The Kirkvine plant remains closed, however Ewarton and Port Esquivel remain fully active assets. Approximately 1000 people are employed across WINDALCOâ€™s two active locations. With this, the company runs Ewar-