Rio Tinto Alcan Cable receives innovation award for aluminium Feederplex(TM) cable



    PARIS, Nov. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan Cable, a division of Rio
Tinto Alcan Engineered Products, was recently presented the 2007 Electrical
Contracting Products INNOVATION Award for its STABILOY(R) FeederPlex(TM) cable
at the annual National Electrical Contractors Association Show in San
Francisco, CA. This prestigious award program recognises outstanding companies
who offer creative and innovative products or services that best address the
electrical contractors' market challenges. Rio Tinto Alcan introduced
FeederPlex(TM) cable as an innovative solution for phase conductor
identification in commercial and industrial applications in April 2007.
    "We are honored to receive recognition from the electrical contracting
industry and Electrical Contracting Products for our STABILOY FeederPlex(TM)
cable, said Ian Hewett, President of Rio Tinto Alcan Cable. "This award
demonstrates Rio Tinto Alcan Cable's continuous commitment to deliver quality
products and innovative solutions to our customers," he added.
    FeederPlex(TM) cable was selected as the winner in the Wire and Cable
Category by a distinguished panel of professional electrical contractors from
across the U.S. based on the evaluation criteria of innovation, ease of use,
cost effectiveness, quality contribution, maintainability, and productivity
improvements. FeederPlex(TM) cable will be showcased in the November issue of
Electrical Contracting Products magazine and featured on www.ECPZONE.com.
    Consisting of a plexed assembly of STABILOY Type XHHW-2 conductors with
color coded phase conductors, FeederPlex(TM) provides total installed cost
savings for pipe and wire installations while providing clear phase
identification. FeederPlex(TM) cable eliminates the need to assemble and
parallel multiple conductors and minimizes the number of reels and product
SKUs required for stocking each color and wire size combination at the job
site. In addition, the use of FeederPlex(TM) improves cable performance by
providing lower voltage drop than the assembly of paralleled conductors.
    Recognised as the only fully integrated aluminium cable supplier in North
America, Rio Tinto Alcan Cable is a leading manufacturer of aluminium and
aluminium alloy cables for the utility, residential, commercial, institutional
and industrial construction markets.

    About Rio Tinto

    Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London 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.

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For further information:

For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Atlanta:
Rhonda I. Buckley, +1-770-392-2381, rhonda.buckley@alcan.com; Rio Tinto Alcan
Media Relations, Montreal: Bryan Tucker, (514) 848 8151,
media.relations@alcan.com; Email: questions@riotinto.com; Website:
www.riotinto.com; High resolution photographs available at:
www.newscast.co.uk

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