Sales for Q3 2011 rose to 220,608t compared to 203,474t in Q3 2010. Production figures for the same period of this year were up by 5% from 211,854t in Q3 2010 to reach 222,552t.

In addition, Value-Added sales represented 67% of the total sales in Q3 2011 versus 62% for the same period in 2010.

Overall, the increase in sales came as a result of higher production by the company thanks to the continuous improvement of its operational efficiency.

Alba's Chief Executive, Laurent Schmitt said: "The success Alba has delivered in Q3 2011 is primarily due to the dynamic teamwork shown by the Alba workforce in enabling the company meet its goals."