Despite Rio Tinto's (RIO +4.3%) efforts to put the ill-fated 2007 acquisition of Alcan behind...

|About: Rio Tinto plc (RIO)|By:, SA News Editor

Despite Rio Tinto's (RIO +4.3%) efforts to put the ill-fated 2007 acquisition of Alcan behind it, analysts who met this week with the CFO are convinced another hefty impairment will be needed this year, despite steps taken to slash costs, close unprofitable capacity and sell assets. RIO does say demand remains strong, which paints a healthier long-term picture for aluminum.