Alcan awarded EAFA trophy for new Formpack(R) packaging



    SINGEN, Germany, April 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan has been awarded The
European Aluminium Foil Association's (EAFA) 2007 Alufoil Trophy to for its
new Formpack(R) laminate with integrated moisture barrier dessicant.
    "We are honoured to receive this prestigious award," said Michael
Rubenstein, President, Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging. "At Alcan
Packaging, we are continually looking to develop new applications and add to
our product portfolio. This application is a concrete example on how Alcan
innovation and R&D expertise can benefit our customers and the entire
pharmaceutical industry," he added.
    Formpack(R) laminate with integrated desiccant was developed by Alcan
Packaging Singen and provides a 100% moisture barrier that reliably and safely
protects moisture-sensitive, dry pharmaceuticals for years. The extended shelf
life is made possible through a sophisticated packaging solution that
restricts cross diffusion via the sealing layer.
    "Winning the Alufoil Trophy reinforces our development policy to
continuously improve our packaging to ideally protect products from outside
influences and to offer consumer-friendly, easy-to-handle packaging
solutions," said Dr. Renate Neumann-Schdfer, Managing Director, Alcan
Packaging Singen.
    The Alufoil Trophy contest - the only international aluminum foil
competition for the industry - is annually awarded by the EAFA and brings
attention to the unique barrier and other packaging merits of this material.
EAFA's Head Judge David Smith, Kraft Foods' Director Packaging Global
Technology and Quality International, said: "This is an excellent product
linked to developing markets where medicinal aid can often fail due to
insufficient protection against climatic conditions."

    Alcan Inc. (NYSE, TSX: AL) is a leading global materials company,
delivering high quality products and services worldwide. With world-class
technology and operations in bauxite mining, alumina processing, primary metal
smelting, power generation, aluminum fabrication, engineered solutions as well
as flexible and specialty packaging today's Alcan is well positioned to meet
and exceed its customers' needs. Alcan is represented by 68,000 employees,
including its joint ventures, in 61 countries and regions, and posted revenues
of US$23.6 billion in 2006. The Company has featured on the Dow Jones
Sustainability World Index consecutively since 2003. For more information,
please visit: www.alcan.com.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Eric Gagnon, +33 1 56 28 37 23,
eric.gagnon/sevres@alcan.com; Anik Michaud, +1-514-848-8151,
media.relations@alcan.com; Investor Contact: Simon Ellinor, +1-514-848-8368,
investor.relations@alcan.com

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