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Chinese, Turin firms 'interested' in Sardinia Alcoa plant

'Large company' eyes troubled aluminum smelter, says governor

Chinese, Turin firms 'interested' in Sardinia Alcoa plant

(ANSA) - Rome, September 20 - A company from China and another from Turin have expressed interest in buying the threatened Alcoa aluminum plant in Sardinia, the regional governor said Thursday. Ugo Cappellacci told Italian Radio Anch'io that a "large Chinese company" and a firm from Turin had asked to see the plant's books. The government has been in talks with Alcoa and the unions to try and find a way to keep the US-owned plant in operation while a buyer is sought to take it on. Industry Minister Corrado Passera has described the challenge of keeping the factory open as "almost impossible". Labor union bosses and workers have repeatedly climbed the plant's 70-meter-high silos in protest, vowing not to give up until Alcoa withdraws its plan for turning off the electrolytic cells presented to the workers at a recent gathering.

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