Alcan initiates consultation process with employees of the Company's Chelmsford facility in the UK



    PARIS, France, Oct. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Inc. announced today that it
will initiate a consultation process with employee representatives at the
Company's Chelmsford facility in the UK regarding the proposed closure of the
facility. The consultation period should last for a minimum of 30 days.
    "Alcan regularly reviews its operational portfolio as market and economic
conditions change," said Joachim Werner, President Display Europe of Alcan
Composites. "After recording losses over the past three years, the Chelmsford
facility is no longer economically sustainable, forcing us to consider a
closure," he added.
    Alcan has reviewed a number of alternatives to the proposed closure. In
2006 and 2007 Alcan initiated a process to explore new opportunities for the
facility through operational reconfiguration and a potential sale to a third
party; however, these measures did not result in a viable and sustainable
solution.
    "Alcan has a long tradition of treating its employees fairly, and is
committed to carrying out this consultation process transparently, so as to
find the best solutions for the affected employees and to minimize the
economical impact on the local community," Werner concluded.
    If the closure scenario is pursued, Alcan would support the 76 Chelmsford
employees in finding new employment. Alcan remains committed to meeting the
needs of its customers throughout this process.

    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 Indexes consecutively since 2002. For more information, please
visit: www.alcan.com.

    Statements made which describe the Company's intentions, expectations or
predictions may be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of
securities laws. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and
uncertainty; the Company's actual results could differ materially from those
expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements.

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For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Chrystèle Ivins, +33 1 57 00 24
18, Chrystele.ivins@alcan.com; Investor contact: Ulf Quellmann,
+1-514-848-8368, investor.relations@alcan.com

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