Alcan Cable launches STABILOY(TM) aluminium alloy cable in China

    MONTREAL, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Cable, part of Alcan Engineered
Products - a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan, has made STABILOY(TM) brand
wire the first aluminium alloy building wire available in China. STABILOY(TM)
provides a unique, cost-effective solution for residential, commercial, power
utility, industrial and institutional market applications.
    "We are excited to offer our STABILOY(TM) aluminium alloy building wire
to the Chinese market," said Ian Hewett, president, Alcan Cable. "STABILOY(TM)
is a proven and reliable alternative to copper feeder conductors and delivers
significant cost savings."
    Some of the distinctive features of STABILOY(TM) aluminium alloy building
wire include its light weight and flexibility which translates directly into
installation ease. STABILOY(TM) aluminium alloy building wire is a very secure
and reliable wiring solution, produced using state of the art technology to
manufacture a unique alloy formulated specifically for electrical feeder
conductor applications in residential and commercial buildings.
    Alcan Cable's newest manufacturing plant is currently under construction
in the Tianjin Airport Industrial Park, with operations dedicated to
STABILOY(TM) aluminium alloy building wire scheduled to begin in early 2009.
    STABILOY(TM) aluminium alloy building wire has been successfully
installed in thousands of projects throughout North America for many years.
Alcan Cable also operates six manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada,
and has been a leading aluminium cable manufacturer in North America for over
100 years.

    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, Montreal:
Stefano Bertolli, (514) 848-8151; Alcan (Tianjin) Aluminum Alloy Products,
Tianjin, PR China: Ma Gang, +86 22 83192256;;;

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