Alcan opening new commercial office in India

    New office will further the development of Alcan's international sales
    network in India

    PARIS, France, April 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Alcan International Network
(AIN) announced today that it will open a new commercial office in Mumbai,
India to support Alcan's growing opportunities in India. The new office will
be named Alcan India Private Ltd.
    "With India being one of the most exciting growth economies in the world
today, it is a logical step for us to open an office there. With a mixture of
local knowledge and global presence, this new office will open the door in and
out of India for Alcan and our external partners," declared Jean Pierre
Paillot, President, Alcan International Network.
    The new AIN office will be staffed by a commercial team with a high level
of product expertise in metals (aluminum, steel, ferro alloys), minerals and
chemicals. Through the employment of Indian Nationals, the new AIN office will
provide intelligence in local marketing approaches for Alcan and external
    AIN's global position will enable it to provide a comprehensive range of
customized services and technical support from the manufacturer to the end
user, including sales, sourcing, logistics and warehousing, local currency
invoicing, and support for risk management.
    Indian manufacturers will have the opportunity to utilize AIN's worldwide
network, enabling them to reach beyond their normal field of influence.

    Alcan International Network is a reputed network serving its customers
worldwide through the purchase and sale of specialty products and materials
for industrial applications. With 33 agencies covering 65 countries, Alcan
International Network provides marketing and commercial services for Alcan
Business and for third-party customers. For more information please visit:

    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,
please visit:

    Statements made which describe the Company's intentions, expectations or
predictions may be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of
securities laws. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and
uncertainty; the Company's actual results could differ materially from those
expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements.

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