An online report from the Welsh Daily Post stated that crisis talks took place yesterday (13 February) to decide the future of the plant, which is now a remelting facility and no longer a full-blown aluminium smelter.
In September 2009 400 workers were made redundant when the plant's main smelter was closed down, leaving 80 people maintaining the smelting lines and looking after the remelting process. Rio Tinto and Kaiser turned down a £48 million British Government bail-out to keep the plant open.
Since the smelter was closed down, alternative proposals for the site have been put forward by Land and Lakes (for a holiday village) and Lateral Power.
The future of the last remaining 80 employees depends on the outcome of the current consultation between the company and Unite union officials.
However, a spokesman for Anglesey Aluminium told Aluminium International Today that the company's current remit – to produce billet for both Kaiser Aluminium and Rio Tinto – is no longer viable and, therefore, the viability of Anglesey Aluminium is now under close and urgent scrutiny.
A press released issued by the Holyhead-based company in December 2012, stated that ‘employees have been advised that there is strong likelihood of closure’.