Alcan Cable hosts opening ceremony for its Tianjin aluminium alloy cable
manufacturing plant

MONTREAL, Nov. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Cable, part of Alcan Engineered Products - a business unit of Rio Tinto - hosted a grand opening ceremony today for its recently commissioned aluminium alloy cable manufacturing facility located in Tianjin, People's Republic of China. Attending the ceremony were prominent Chinese government officials and Alcan Cable Management.

"With localised production capabilities, Alcan Cable can now provide high quality, innovative cable solutions, and outstanding customer service and technical support to our customers in China," said Ivan Salamin, General Manager of Alcan (Tianjin) Alloy Products Company. "This undoubtedly represents an important milestone for the development of the Chinese market for our STABILOY(R) products."

Guests attending the inaugural event included Huang Xing Guo and He Lifeng, officials of the City of Tianjin as well as Ian Hewett, President of Alcan Cable, Mr. Salamin and other members of the Alcan Cable senior management team.

The world-class Tianjin Plant is the first production facility wholly owned by Alcan Cable in China. This state-of-the-art manufacturing plant is located in the Tianjin Airport Industrial Park and manufactures the STABILOY(R) brand of aluminium alloy building wire for residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial power construction applications in the Chinese market.

STABILOY(R) aluminium alloy building wire is a very secure and reliable wiring solution. The aluminium alloy used in the STABILOY(R) product range is produced using the latest technology to manufacture high quality products specifically for electrical feeder conductor applications in residential and commercial buildings. Some of the distinctive features of STABILOY(R) aluminium alloy building wire include its light weight and flexibility, which translate directly into easy installation and cost savings for our customers.

Alcan Cable has provided its customers with exceptional products and outstanding customer service for over 100 years. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Alcan Cable is a leading manufacturer of aluminium cable, modular wiring systems, and aluminium rod and strip products. It has seven manufacturing operations - six in North America and one in China.

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.

SOURCE Rio Tinto Alcan

For further information: For further information: Alcan Cable, Atlanta: Rhonda Buckley, +1 770 392 2381, rhonda.buckley@alcan.com; Alcan (Tianjin) Aluminium Alloy Products, Tianjin, PR China: Ma Gang, +86 22 83192256, ma.gang@alcan.com: www.cable.alcan.com, www.alcancable.cn, www.riotintoalcan.com

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