Alcan Medical Flexibles Americas' Asheville, North Carolina facility receives ISO 13485:2003 certification

    ASHEVILLE, NC, Aug. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Medical Flexibles Americas'
Asheville, North Carolina facility announced that it has received the ISO
13485:2003 quality management certification for medical device manufacturers.
    "This achievement clearly demonstrates our commitment to quality,
environment, health and safety and is particularly fulfilling because the
ISO 13485 was established specifically for medical device manufacturers," said
Michael Rubenstein, President, Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging.
"Reaching this milestone in our Asheville facility marks the first step
towards the goal of achieving this certification in all four of our medical
flexibles plants," he added.
    The ISO 13485 outlines standards of systematic, management, resource,
realization and remedial requirements for medical device manufacturing. It
promotes an in depth quality management system, focuses on risk management,
specific requirements for product traceability, and evaluates the
effectiveness of corrective and preventative actions in the workplace.
    "This achievement was made in an effort to align our facilities with our
medical device manufacturing customers," said Jon Anderson, Director of
Quality. "Alcan's Asheville location is the first of four manufacturing
facilities to receive this certification. The remaining facilities: Commerce,
California; Marshall, North Carolina; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plan to obtain
this certification by year end," Mr. Anderson concluded.
    Alcan's Medical Flexibles Asheville facility current environment and
safety certifications include ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001 and OHSAS.

    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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