It reports that the two facilities in Kunshan and Suzhou in neighbouring Jiangsu Province and the one in Qinhuangdao in Hebei Province make aluminum products for aerospace, high-speed trains, printing and automobiles.

Klaus Kleinfeld, chairman and chief executive officer of Alcoa, said that the firm makes 100% value-added products as it does not have primary production in China.

Chen Jinya, president of Alcoa Asia-Pacific and Alcoa China, said China stands out as the major growth opportunity for the aluminum industry, and that the firm is growing faster than the market average of 16% in its segment in China.

Alcoa, whose Asia-Pacific headquarters are in Beijing, has invested US$700M in China so far and employs 954 people.