Alcan wins Quebec Corporate Citizenship Award



    
         ALCAN SHARES THE FIRST EVER "PRIX QUEBECOIS DE L'ENTREPRISE
             CITOYENNE" EX AEQUO AWARD WITH THE CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

       COMPANY RECOGNIZED FOR ITS NEW SPENT POTLINING RECYCLING PLANT
                           IN THE SAGUENAY REGION
    

    MONTREAL, Oct. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Inc. has been recognized as a
co-recipient of the first ever Prix Québécois de l'Entreprise Citoyenne by
Korn/Ferry International and L'Actualité magazine for its innovative aluminum
spent potlining recycling plant in the Saguenay region. The Prix Québécois de
l'Entreprise Citoyenne was established to recognize the outstanding corporate
citizenship efforts of Quebec-based companies. Alcan will share this year's
award with the Cirque du Soleil.
    "We are very proud to be a co-recipient of this prestigious award. More
importantly, we are pleased that through innovation developed in Quebec, this
new facility will provide an environmentally sustainable solution to recycle
and re-use traditional waste materials that will set the technological
standard for the entire aluminum industry," said Jean Simon, President of
Alcan Primary Metal Group, North America. "Alcan is firmly committed to the
environmental well-being of our employees and our communities," he continued.
    Spent potlining is the residual material generated during the de-lining
of pots following the aluminum smelting process. The spent potlining is
composed of carbon and various elements and is traditionally pre-treated and
land-filled under strict precautions. Through this new process, all of the
spent potlining will be recycled, providing the global aluminum industry with
a sustainable re-useable solution for this industrial material.
    Alcan's spent potlining treatment plant is a unique industrial-scale
facility plant that will have a capacity to recycle approximately 80kt of
material per year. The plant is expected to be fully operational during the
second quarter of 2008 and will employ around 50 people.

    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.

    %B NM %C 1,3,6,10,14,16,17 %D Quebec Citizenship Award




For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Claudine Gagnon,
+1-418-699-4005, claudine.gagnon@alcan.com; Anik Michaud, +1-514-848-8151,
media.relations@alcan.com; Investor contact: Ulf Quellmann, +1-514-848-8368,
investor.relations@alcan.com

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