RPT-BRIEF-Novelis to close Ouro Preto aluminum smelter

Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:35am EDT
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(Repeats to additional subscribers) Oct 16 (Reuters) - Novelis: * Novelis announces closure of Ouro Preto aluminum smelter to

focus Brazilian operations on core rolled products business * Novelis Corp says will cease operations at its Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, primary aluminum smelter at the end of 2014 * Novelis Corp - "our priority in the months ahead as we work towards closing the facility is to maintain safe operations" * Novelis - closure is driven by systemic issues affecting entire primary aluminum industry in Brazil * Novelis corp says plant currently employs approximately 350 people and produces 18,000 metric tons of aluminum per year in forms of billets * Source text for Eikon * Further company coverage