Alcan breaks ground for its new world-class facility in China

    Specialty alloy cable plant will be completed in fourth quarter of 2008

    PARIS, Aug. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Inc. today broke ground at the
Tianjin Airport Industrial Park in China for its world-class specialty alloy
cable manufacturing facility. The US$40 million facility will produce
specialty alloy cable products for commercial, institutional and industrial
applications. The new plant is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter
of 2008.
    "Alcan is very proud to be breaking ground on this new state-of-the-art
facility. We are excited about the continued growth of Alcan Engineered
Products into China with cost effective and innovative solutions to support
China's rapidly expanding commercial construction market," said Christel
Bories, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alcan Engineered Products.
    "Today's ground breaking ceremony is a demonstration of Alcan Cable's
ability to tap new market opportunities for its aluminum alloy products," said
Ian Hewett, President of Alcan Cable. "Alcan is also very appreciative of the
support provided by the Tianjin government to help Alcan Cable establish a
presence in China. We look forward to further developing our relationships
with the local business community and the Chinese construction industry," he
    As a welcoming gesture Tianjin's Mayor Dai Xianglong met with Alcan's
senior officials prior to the ground breaking event. Attending the ceremony
were Tianjin's Vice-Mayor Yang Dongliang and Mr. Feng Zhijiang, President of
the Administrative Committee of Tianjin Free Trade Zone & Airport Industrial
Park, along with Mr. Ian Hewett, President - Alcan Cable and Alcan
International Network.

    Alcan Cable is a leading manufacturer of aluminum cables for the utility,
residential, and commercial markets in North America.

    Alcan Inc. (NYSE, TSX: AL) is a leading global materials company,
delivering high quality products and services worldwide. With world-class
technology and operations in bauxite mining, alumina processing, primary metal
smelting, power generation, aluminum fabrication, engineered solutions as well
as flexible and specialty packaging today's Alcan is well positioned to meet
and exceed its customers' needs. Alcan is represented by 68,000 employees,
including its joint-ventures, in 61 countries and regions, and posted revenues
of US$23.6 billion in 2006. The Company has featured on the Dow Jones
Sustainability World Index consecutively since 2003. For more information,
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For further information: Media contact: Rhonda I. Buckley,
+1-770-392-2381,; Anik Michaud, +1-514-848-8151,; Investor contact: Ulf Quellmann, +1-514-848-8368,

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