Rio Tinto Alcan launches (euro)15 million (US$22 million) investments at Neuf-Brisach speciality aluminium sheet facility



    MONTREAL, Dec. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan today inaugurated a new
(euro)5 million (US$7 million) remelting furnace for the recycling of used
beverage cans (UBC) and a new (euro)10 million (US$15 million) trimming and
slitting machine for beverage can body stock at its Neuf-Brisach site in
France.
    "These investments strengthen Alcan Specialty Sheet's position as the
leading supplier of the rapid expanding European can stock market," said
Christel Bories, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alcan Engineered
Products. "Neuf-Brisach's fully integrated recycling, rolling and finishing
facility makes it unique on the European continent," she added.
    "Alcan Specialty Sheet is now able to offer competitive end-to-end
customer solutions," said Christophe Villemin, President Alcan Specialty
Sheet. "These investments will provide an economical and environmentally
friendly solution to producing can body stock using UBC based metal, and will
allow Neuf-Brisach to meet growing customer demand and offer a differentiated
value proposition both in quality and service," he added.
    Alcan Specialty Sheet is a key player in the European rolling industry,
and occupies leading market positions for 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 Specialty Sheet is a division of Alcan Engineered Products - a
business of Rio Tinto Alcan. Rio Tinto Alcan is the aluminium product group of
Rio Tinto.

    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: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Paris,
Chrystele Ivins, +33-1-57-00-24-18, chrystele.ivins@alcan.com: Email:
questions@riotinto.com, Website: www.riotinto.com

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