Alcan Cable Lapointe plant celebrates 35 years of operation

    MONTREAL, Sept. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Cable, part of Alcan Engineered
Products - a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan - will celebrate the
35th anniversary of its Lapointe manufacturing facility in
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean on September 6 with an open house for employees and
their families.
    The celebrations also mark the facility's outstanding safety record at
having achieved seven years without a lost time accident.
    "Over the past 35 years, the Lapointe plant has consistently provided
high quality aluminium rod products to our customers," said Ian Hewett,
president, Alcan Cable. "The Lapointe team has every reason to be proud of its
manufacturing, customer service and safety accomplishments."
    The Lapointe plant, located in Jonquière, Quebec, manufactures a full
range of electrical and mechanical aluminium rod products. Its safety record
reflects the employees' focus and dedication to the company's Health, Safety
and Environment program.
    Alcan Cable has provided its customers with quality products and
outstanding customer service for over 100 years. Headquartered in Atlanta,
Georgia, Alcan Cable is a leading manufacturer of aluminium cable, rod and
strip products and has seven manufacturing operations - six in North America
and one currently under construction 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.

For further information:

For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Cable Media Relations, Atlanta:
Rhonda Buckley, 1-770-392-2381; Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Quebec:
Claudine Gagnon, (418) 699-4005,; Rio Tinto Alcan
Media Relations, Montreal: Stefano Bertolli, (514) 848-8151,;,

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