Alcan Inc. is a hybrid: a merger of two aluminum giants, Alcan Inc. and Alusuisse Group Ltd., and their two distinct technologies for using the lightweight metal in the automotive industry. Prior to the October 2000 merger that made Alcan Inc. the second-largest aluminum supplier in the world with $12.5 billion in revenue and 53,000 employees in 41 countries, the two suppliers were competitors. Alcan entered the marriage as a leader in unibody aluminum sheet, showcased in the ...

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