Manufacturing Overview

Canada's Newest Pacific Gateway

Strategically located between Vancouver and Anchorage, the Kitimat Valley is one of North America's most promising trade and manufacturing locations.

A Proven Track Record

More than sixty years of local heavy industry means that essential infrastructure, an experienced labour force, and a comprehensive supply and service sector are in place.  The Kitimat Valley's globally-competitive economy has produced up to 11% of British Columbia's annual manufacturing gross domestic product.

Capability and Capacity

Greenfield sites (10,000+ha) with industrial development potential have been defined.  Sites range from flat valley-bottom land to tide-water locations. 

The Kitimat Valley, like the Fraser Valley, is one of only two large flat valleys on the British Columbia coast, and the only one with room available for growth.  Transportation infrastructure in Northwestern BC has available capacity; costs attributable to congestion, delay and slow turnaround are negligible.

Globally Connected

Over one billion dollars of manufactured products and inland exports are shipped annually from private terminals to world markets through the Kitimat Valley's large deep-sea harbour.  Rail and highway networks extend far into the continent, accessing inland trade centers and resources.  Air connections and advanced telecommunications provide secure access to all global locations for trade and business purposes.

Great Lifestyle

Cultural activities, urban amenities and a mild west coast climate provide an extraordinary quality of life to the residents of this region.  Lofty mountain ranges, rushing rivers and spectacular ocean passages create an unparalleled setting for business.

Bridge to the World

The search for strategic global locations has motivated international companies to choose the Kitimat Valley. Access to western Canada's natural resources, and proximity to key markets in Asia and North America, make the Kitimat Valley an advantageous site for manufacturing operations.

The principal manufactured good from this region is currently aluminum; paper, lumber, methanol, and ammonia have also been produced locally. Natural gas liquefaction, petroleum, and aggregate developments are on the horizon. Such diversity will enhance opportunities for industry to discover new synergies.

Rio Tinto Alcan produces one third of BC's primary metal manufacturing. The Kitimat smelter is BC's largest value-added industry, with the capacity to produce 277,000 MT of aluminum annually. A modernization project is underway which will increase production capacity to 400,000 MT. Raw materials are imported from Australia and Korea, and finished ingots are exported to the US, the Pacific Rim and Europe.