Alcan Packaging to invest euro 17 million in the Central European packaging market



    MONTREAL, July 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Packaging, a division of Rio Tinto
Alcan, announced today that it will invest euro 17 million (approximately
US$27 million) in the Central European packaging market. Alcan Packaging will
build a state of the art flexible packaging facility located in the Novy
Bydzov area, in the Czech Republic, to supply the emergent food market.
    "This investment will strengthen our position on the fast growing Central
Europe market," said Ilene Gordon, president and chief executive officer,
Alcan Packaging. "It is a new and important step in Alcan Packaging's growth
strategy implementation," she added.
    The new plant will focus primarily on the production and printing of high
quality rotogravure flexible packaging. The plant is expected to be
operational in the fourth quarter of 2009 and to employ 100 people in the
first development phase.
    "Our customers are growing and we will be able to better serve their
needs and deliver reliable, innovative and high quality packaging materials
and solutions," said Michael Cronin, president, Alcan Packaging Food Europe.
    Alcan Packaging Food Europe, a business of Alcan Packaging, is the
European leader in flexible packaging for the food and beverages market. Alcan
Packaging Food Europe registered sales of $US2.3 billion in 2007. It operates
31 plants in 18 countries and employs 7,300 people.
    Alcan Packaging is a world leader in value-added specialty packaging. It
delivers multi-material innovative solutions to customers around the world for
the food, pharmaceutical, beauty and tobacco markets. With 128 facilities and
30,000 employees in 31 countries, it generated US$6.2 billion revenues in
2007. For more information, please visit www.alcanpackaging.com.

    About Rio Tinto

    Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto
Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
    Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and
uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and
iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia
and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe
and southern Africa.




For further information:

For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Paris:
Chrystele Ivins, +33-1-57-00-24-18, chrystele.ivins@alcan.com; Rio Tinto Alcan
Media Relations, Canada: Stefano Bertolli, (514) 848-8151,
stefano.bertolli@alcan.com; Alcan Packaging, Paris, Colette Chauvière,
+33-1-57-00-28-26, colette.chauviere@alcan.com; Alcan Packaging Food Europe,
Paris: Marie Bérard, +33-1-57-00-25-49, marie.berard@alcan.com;
www.riotinto.com/riotintoalcan

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