Alcan opens new beauty packaging facility in Parigné-L'Evêque, France



    PARIS, France, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Inc. announced today the
opening of its new beauty packaging plant in Parigné-L'Evêque, Sarthe, France.
The new facility, which officially opened on June 14, will produce packaging
solutions for the fragrance market for Alcan Packaging Beauty.
    "This new facility illustrates Alcan Packaging's strategy of improving
our profitability through more specialized operations," stated Ilene Gordon,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Alcan Packaging. "We are increasingly
focused on key market segments where we can leverage our competitive
advantages in size, scope, and technology. The new Parigné-L'Evêque site is an
example of how Alcan is well-positioned to deliver long-term value to our
customers in the attractive fragrance packaging market," she added.
    The new facility is recognized as industry-leading and will specialize in
working with on-glass and high-tech gluing, Surlyn(R) (ionomer resin)
applications, and complex packaging caps. The plant occupies 7,000 m2, and
employs approximately 200 people.
    "We are very proud of this new state-of-the-art facility that meets or
exceeds the environmental and product hygiene standards for our industry,"
said François Luscan, President, Alcan Packaging Beauty. "Parigné-L'Evêque's
dedicated development team is focused on realizing our customers' most
creative ideas," he concluded.
    Alcan Packaging Beauty is part of Alcan Packaging, the world leader in
packaging solutions for the Food, Beauty, Pharmaceutical and Tobacco markets.
It had sales of approximately US$800 million in 2006 and serves its customers
through 25 manufacturing sites in 11 countries. Its industrial and commercial
network covers Europe, Asia and the Americas to guarantee the same standard of
excellence for every customer worldwide through technical expertise,
industrial know-how, and innovation in products, processes and services.

    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: Media contact: Colette Chauvière, +33 1 56 28
28 26, colette.chauviere@alcan.com; Investor contact: Ulf Quellman,
+1-514-848-8368, investor.relations@alcan.com

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