Alcan Engineered and Automotive Solutions awarded US$750 million in new business for greener car components

    PARIS, Aug. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Engineered & Automotive Solutions,
part of Alcan Engineered Products - a business unit of Rio Tinto - is becoming
a key player in the growing market for greener car components, having been
awarded a total US$750 million worth of multi-year contracts over the past
twelve months for its innovative, lightweight aluminium solutions.
    "These contracts with several leading original equipment manufacturers
(OEMs), in both premium and mass production markets, represent significant
market share gains for our business," said Christel Bories, President & CEO,
Alcan Engineered Products. "As a result of our growth strategy of focusing on
select markets over the last three years, we are becoming the preferred
development and production supplier of advanced lightweight solutions during a
high-growth period for these products."
    Alcan Engineered & Automotive Solutions has been awarded more development
projects in 2009 than it has in any other given year over the last decade.
    The unprecedented downturn, lower production volumes, and major
restructuring in the automotive industry have not detracted from the upcoming
demand for greener vehicles. In light of environmental regulations, tax
incentives, and volatile fuel prices, global car manufacturers recognise that
developing low CO2 emission vehicles is a key success factor for the future.
    "Our global reach, world-class R&D centers, proven expertise, and
cutting-edge manufacturing technologies in lightweight materials have been
essential in establishing our solutions as smart design elements in tomorrow's
green cars, and I expect our strong market position to grow further in the
Asian and North-American regions," added Wolfgang J. Schmitz, President, Alcan
Engineered & Automotive Solutions.
    Alcan Engineered & Automotive Solutions offers its customers design,
engineering, testing, and production of structural, safety, and suspension
components and modules at its locations in Europe, North America, and Asia.
Its lightweight aluminium elements can be successfully incorporated into any
vehicle assembly and provide substantial benefits in weight reduction, safety,
and structural stiffness. This enhances total pedestrian and vehicle safety in
addition to contributing to lower emissions and improved fuel economy.
    Working in close partnership with its automotive customers, Alcan
Engineered & Automotive Solutions ensures that they derive the full benefits
of aluminium and other lightweight materials in vehicle development.

    About Alcan Engineered Products

    Alcan Engineered Products is a global, sector-leading business strongly
committed to developing innovative, value-added products for a broad range of
markets and applications. The portfolio consists of seven downstream
businesses: aerospace, non commodity aluminium rolled products, aluminium
extrusions, cable, composite products, automotive and international trade.
Alcan Engineered Products is headquartered in Paris, France.

    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 Media Relations, Paris:
Chrystele Ivins, +33 1 57 00 24 18,; Rio Tinto
Alcan Media Relations, Canada: Stefano Bertolli, (514) 848-8151,; Website:

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