Michael Cronin, president Alcan Packaging Food Europe re-elected chairman, Food Packaging Europe association



    MONTREAL, June 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Packaging, part of Rio Tinto
Alcan, is pleased to announce that Michael Cronin, president, Alcan Packaging
Food Europe has been re-elected chairman of the Flexible Packaging Europe
(FPE) association for a second consecutive year. FPE's main goal is to promote
the flexible packaging industry in Europe.
    One of Michael Cronin's priorities as chairman of the FPE will be for the
association to take a leading position on sustainability. Speaking at the FPE
annual conference, Cronin emphasised the important role the association plays
in responding to European Commission demands on food contact issues for
flexible packaging and its strong commitment to support the Commission driven
FACET (Flavours, Additives and Contact Material Exposure Task) project.
    "We must make certain that everyone understands the critical job flexible
packaging plays in the protection of food and many other products," said
Cronin. "We must also highlight the important role we play in reducing the
resources consumed by our industry, a role achieved through food preservation
thereby reducing food waste, and through substantial material usage reduction
programmes implemented by FPE members," he added.

    Flexible Packaging Europe was founded in 1998 (under the name Euroflex)
and its core business is to represent the European flexible packaging industry
at a European level, dealing with all kinds of issues relevant to the
industry, most notably food contact and environmental issues.
    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, +1 514-848-8151,
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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