Three Alcan Packaging plants in France receive ISO 15378:2006 certification for production of pharmaceutical packaging materials



    MONTREAL, Feb. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Packaging - a business unit of Rio
Tinto Alcan - has received ISO 15378:2006 certification at its glass plants in
Authon and Lucenay as well as its Montreuil Bellay plant for the flexible
beauty market. This ISO certification rewards high standards in the design,
manufacture and supply of primary packaging materials for medicinal products.
    "These three plants now join several of our other plants in reaching this
advanced level of certification and demonstrate our continued commitment to
providing world-class packaging for the healthcare industry," said Mike
Schmitt, President, Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging.
    Initially conceived for glass and then expanded to cover all primary
packaging materials for pharmaceuticals, the ISO 15378:2006 standard
represents a complete, integrated quality management system that combines ISO
9001:2000 and Good Manufacturing Practices for the production of primary
pharmaceutical packaging materials.
    "We are proud to have reached this milestone, which is definitely a
competitive advantage. The application of the ISO 15378:2006 standard ensures
that our customers' sensitive pharmaceutical products are packaged safely and
effectively in accordance with the highest international quality standards"
said Christian Durand, Vice President and General Manager, Glass Tubing
Europe.
    In 2007, Alcan Packaging's Kreuzlingen plant in Switzerland became the
first pharmaceutical flexible packaging business in the world to achieve this
standard.
    Alcan Packaging is a global 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. Headquartered in Paris,
France, Alcan Packaging has 131 facilities and 29,000 employees in 31
countries.

    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: Alcan Packaging, Paris: Colette Chauvière, +33
1 57 00 28 26, colette.chauviere@alcan.com; Alcan Packaging, Montreal: Josée
Saint-Pierre, +1 514 630 9420 x2271, josee.saint-pierre@alcan.com; Rio Tinto
Alcan Media Relations, Paris: Chrystele Ivins, +33 1 57 00 24 18,
chrystele.ivins@riotinto.com; Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Canada: Emily
Toms, +1 514 848 8151, emily.toms@riotinto.com; Website:
www.riotintoalcan.com, www.alcanpackaging.com

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