ALUM takes actions to prevent and mitigate COVID-19 effects and donates RON 100,000 to Tulcea County Hospital

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 12:47

·      ALUM implemented a complete set of measures to prevent and mitigate COVID-19 effects and to protect the health of its employees while securing a normal operational work-flow;

·      The Company remains one of the main pillars in Tulcea area and supports the local community fight against COVID-19 by donating RON 100,000 to Tulcea County Hospital;

·      ALUM’s Research & Development Laboratory has prepared a hand liquid disinfectant based on the guidelines for the local production as set by the World Health Organization

Tulcea, 7 April 2020 – ALUM S.A. (BSE, ATS segment - AeRO: BBGA) the only calcined alumina producer in Romania, supports the fight against COVID-19 by donating RON 100,000 to Tulcea County Hospital for medical supplies and equipment, antiviral medication, ventilation and monitoring life signs systems, while on the other side is implementing a comprehensive set of protocols and procedures in its alumina refinery.

“We are facing exceptional conditions and we need to take decisive actions to preserve the health and safety of our employees and the local community. Because our employees, their families and friends, we all are the community and we need to act together to stop this pandemic and its devastating effects. Besides the contribution to Tulcea County Hospital and the strict hygiene rules within our premises, our Research & Development Laboratory has developed our hand liquid disinfectant”, said Gheorghe DOBRA, Chief Executive Officer ALUM, Tulcea. “Pending approval from competent authorities, we will be able to produce sufficient disinfectant to cover ALUM’s needs and to ensure the safety of our employees and partners” added Gheorghe DOBRA.

Considering the need to urgently apply hygiene measures for the employees of ALUM to prevent infection with COVID-19, as well as the lack of liquid or gel disinfecting materials on the market, the Company explored alternatives and safe solutions to overcome this situation. In this respect, the Research & Development Laboratory of ALUM has prepared (for laboratory tests) a hand liquid disinfectant based on the guidelines for the local production as set by the World Health Organization.

This liquid disinfectant can be prepared in the Research & Development Laboratory of ALUM with ingredients purchased from the local market based on a protocol set and in sufficient quantities for the internal use of ALUM. Currently, the Company has filed under an emergency status for obtaining the authorisation at the National Department of Public Health, part of the Ministry of Health for the preparation and local use of this product.

Furthermore, as an answer to the threat of COVID-19 and to protect the health of its employees, ALUM has implemented from an early stage of this pandemic crisis a whole set of protocols and procedures with the main focus that all sanitization and disinfection measures are properly implemented and thus to ensure a normal work-flow for clients and suppliers and hence to mitigate the negative outcomes derived from this pandemic.

Among the comprehensive operational and administrative measures implemented within the organization there are:

      medical and protective supplies and equipment, like face masks, gloves, overalls are distributed to all employees;

      new protocols and procedures have been designed and implemented in the plant, in coordination with the central and local authorities, and with the observance of the World Health Organization’s recommendations for industrial sites;

      strict measures of cleaning, sanitization and disinfection of the locker rooms, common areas, cafeteria, offices were implemented;

      all the areas inside and outside production facilities are permanently disinfected;

      disinfectant dispensers were placed in the access points, cafeterias; cooked meals have been replaced with cold meals for all employees to avoid collective interactions at the canteens;

      all employees were instructed how to act to prevent their infection with COVID-19 and have to report daily their health status;

      split/ rotational shifts have been implemented to minimize interaction;

      employees’ health condition is checked daily before starting the work;

      contingency plans have been already simulated for the case when one or more employees are infected with COVID-19 and thus the Company ensured that the operations are not disrupted;

      business trips have been reduced to an absolute minimum and participation to events of all kinds has been suspended;

      visits to the production facilities site were reduced to a minimum;

      the Company had implemented remote work for employees, where possible;

      the recommendations for drivers and relevant transport-related undertakings involved in freight transport following the COVID-19 outbreak as published by European Commission were already implemented within the Company;

      as a result, for the current phase of pandemic ALUM is operating in normal parameters and has a supply chain fully operational.

ALUM benefits also from solid support from one of the Group’s affiliated security company, Rivergate being in full alert 24/7.

Currently, the management is closely monitoring the development of this pandemic and acts with caution but with immediate and decisive actions to limit the negative impact on its employees and operations.

For further information, please contact:

Florența Ghiță


Phone: +40 744 644 004




ALUM is the only Romanian producer of calcined alumina, used for the production of aluminium and has an alumina refinery with a production capacity of 600,000 tonnes of alumina per year. The alumina produced by the company is supplied both on the domestic market to ALRO S.A., part of the Vimetco Group, and internationally. ALUM’s shares have been traded on the Bucharest Stock Exchange since 1997. 

ALRO Group

ALRO S.A. and its subsidiaries are collectively referred to as ''ALRO Group'' or ''the Group''. The companies part of ALRO Group are: Alro S.A. – the aluminium producer, Alum S.A. – the alumina producer, Sierra Mineral Holdings I, Ltd. – the bauxite mining company, Vimetco Extrusion S.R.L. – extrusion processing business line, Conef S.A. – Alro share portfolio management, Global Aluminium Ltd. – holding entity and Bauxite Marketing Ltd. Having this structure, the Group created an integrated production chain, assuring the raw materials for ALRO.

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