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1902 Founded as Northern Aluminum Company, the Canadian subsidiary of the Pittsburgh Reduction Co (later Alcoa).
1925 The Canadian Northern Aluminum Company was renamed Aluminum Company of Canada
1944 Alcan London was incorporated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alcan Montreal
1960 Aluminium Ltd formed joint venture with Enfield Rolling Mills to acquire the secondary smelter in Bradford then operated by Enfield Rolling Mills (Aluminium) Ltd; the JV was called Alcan Enfield Alloys Ltd. The alloys would be marketed by Alcan (UK) Ltd
1965 Formation of a joint venture between Pillar Holdings and Alcan Industries, called Architectural Aluminium, to exploit the use of aluminium in buildings in the UK; Pillar transferred to the new company its holdings in several companies
1967 Alcan Aluminium of Montreal transferred its 3 British subsidiary companies into a new holding company Alcan Aluminium (UK) Ltd which owned Alcan London.
1968 Started construction of a primary aluminium smelter at Lynemouth, Northumberland, stimulated by government funding
1969 The UK operations were:
1971 The Lynmouth smelter, which had been much delayed, started production
1974 The capacity of the Lynmouth smelter was reduced by 80% to 100,000 tons due to the introduction of the 3-day week and power restrictions.
1974 Alcan decided to build a bauxite reduction plant in Ireland where the workforce will total 800.
c.1976 Alcan Aluminium acquired Thomas Bennett (of Leeds), glass makers as its first diversification move away from metals.
1978 New factory to make bullet-resistant safety glass in Leeds.
1982 The Canadian-owned Alcan Aluminium UK Ltd acquired British Aluminium Co, the resultant new company being called British Alcan Ltd.
2000 algroup became a subsidiary of Alcan
2001 Alcan Aluminium Limited was renamed Alcan Inc.
2003 Alcan acquired Pechiney of France and other companies.
2010 Became part of RioTinto.