PARIS, France, Oct. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan announced today that it will
supply PSA Peugeot Citroen with aluminum sheet for the hood of the new
Peugeot 308. Peugeot is expecting to produce 350,000 units of its 308 series
in 2008 making it the highest volume vehicle in Europe using aluminum body
panels. The aluminum sheet is produced at Alcan's Specialty Sheet rolling and
recycling operations in Neuf-Brisach, France.
"Alcan has a unique experience of high-volume aluminum hood production
with proven lightweight and cost effective solutions" said Christophe
Villemin, President Alcan Specialty Sheet. "Alcan's commitment to providing
the automotive industry with leading edge solutions will support carmakers in
their efforts to further reduce the weight of their vehicles ultimately
resulting in reduced CO2 emissions," he added.
"This agreement with Peugeot demonstrates how joint development with
customers can deliver innovative high-performance solutions in a competitive
market. It also underlines Alcan's unrivalled R&D capabilities in Europe,"
said Thierry Mootz, Alcan's Director, Sales and Marketing for Automotive.
Alcan's new lightweight solutions will help contribute to the automotive
industry's efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. In Europe, every 100kg of reduced
vehicle weight translates into a 6% reduction in CO2 emissions, or 9g/km.
Alcan Specialty Sheet is a key player in the European rolling industry,
and occupies leading market positions for beverage can and closures,
automotive, customized industrial sheet solutions including high quality
functional surface products. It includes world-class rolling and recycling
operations in Neuf-Brisach (France) and Singen (Germany), as well as dedicated
R&D capabilities in Voreppe (France) and Neuhausen (Switzerland).
Alcan Inc. (NYSE, TSX: AL) is a leading global materials company,
delivering high quality products, engineered solutions 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, posted revenues of US$23.6 billion in 2006. The Company has
featured on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2002. For more
information, please visit: www.alcan.com.
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