Rio Tinto Alcan and BIXI: a partnership on a roll



    MONTREAL, Oct. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan will be the title
sponsor of Montreal's new BIXI self-service bicycle rental system, supplying
funding for the project as well as aluminium for the construction of the
bicycles. BIXI will be offered to the public as of April 2009, with 2,400
bikes available at a network of 300 stations covering central Montreal.
    "It's a great way to get people out of their cars and fits very well with
the Rio Tinto Group's commitment to sustainability," said Tom Albanese, Chief
executive officer, Rio Tinto. "We are happy to be part of this innovative
service that will contribute to making Montreal an even better place to live
and work."
    The new BIXI bicycles, of which 40 prototypes are currently seen on the
streets of Montreal, are designed by Michel Dallaire and manufactured in the
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region by Cycles DeVinci. Their aluminium frames are
light, strong, durable and entirely recyclable. Aluminium can be recycled
indefinitely without compromising its quality, and recycling aluminium only
requires five per cent of the electricity necessary to produce new metal.
    Rio Tinto Alcan supports numerous local organisations, including the
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Montreal Neurological
Institute, and is the founding sponsor of the new Montreal Planetarium
project. The company is also a major contributor to Quebec and Canadian
communities through the Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund, which last week announced
its first series of community investments, totalling over C$15 million.

    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, Canada:
Stefano Bertolli, (514) 848-8151, stefano.bertolli@riotinto.com;
www.riotinto.com/riotintoalcan; www.bixi.ca

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