Manufacturing Overview

Pacific Gateway

The Kitimat Valley is one of only two wide, flat valleys on the BC coast (the other being Fraser Valley) and the only one with room to grow.  Located on BC's north coast, it is a unique trade and manufacturing location.  Access to western Canada's natural resources along with proximity to key markets in Asia and North America make the Kitimat Valley a prime site for manufacturing and shipping operations.

Capability and Capacity

With over 60 years of heavy industry, Kitimat has essential infrastructure, an experienced labour force, a comprehensive supply and service sector, and a great lifestyle.  Shipping of manufactured products from Kitimat's private terminals to world markets has contributed significantly to BC's annual manufacturing gross domestic product. 

Kitimat has defined greenfield sites for industrial development potential, ranging from flat valley land to tidewater locations.  Transportation infrastructure in northwest BC has available capacity and rail and highway networks extend into the continent accessing inland trade centers and resources.  Air connections and telecommunications provide reliable access to all global locations for trade and business purposes.

Currently the principal manufactured product in Kitimat is aluminum.  Rio Tinto's aluminum smelter recently underwent a US $4.8B modernization which increased production capacity by 48% and has resulted in one of the lowest cost smelters in the world.  It is BC's largest value-added industry with the capacity to produce 420,000 tonnes of aluminum annually.  Powered exclusively by Rio Tinto’s own hydro power facility, the smelter uses the company’s proprietary AP40 smelting technology which effectively halves the smelter’s overall emissions.  Raw materials are imported from Australia and Korea, and finished ingots are exported to the US, the Pacific Rim and Europe.

Over the years, paper, lumber, methanol, and ammonia have been produced in Kitimat and shipped internationally through private terminals.      

Our Lifestyle

Kitimat is surrounded by snowcapped mountains, the Kitimat River runs through the community, the Douglas Channel is at our doorstep, and the commute to work takes minutes - a very gratifying way of life.  Recreation facilities indoor and outdoor, world class river and ocean fishing, a mild west coast climate, and all necessary amenities provide for an extraordinary lifestyle for Kitimat residents.