Alcan Packaging acquires pharmaceutical flexible packaging facility in India

    PARIS, Oct. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging - a
division of Alcan Packaging, a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan - has acquired
the Chakan flexible packaging plant from Associated Capsules Private Limited
in India.
    "The acquisition of this facility advances our leadership position in
pharmaceutical flexibles through growth in emerging markets," said Ilene
Gordon, president and chief executive officer, Alcan Packaging.
    The Chakan operations both expand Alcan Packaging's geographic footprint
and strengthen the organisation's strategic presence in the Indian
pharmaceutical market, which is currently ranked 14th in the world in terms of
scale and expected to triple over the next decade.
    "Chakan is a well equipped plant with dynamic people and an asset base
that will definitely complement our current product portfolio," said Michael
Schmitt, president of Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging division. "The
expertise with local pharmaceutical companies will be an excellent addition to
our organisation, increasing our ability to service global and regional
customers while maintaining the high quality standards they have come to
expect from us."
    With annual sales of US$3.6 million, the Chakan facility is a
distinguished supplier to the Indian pharmaceutical market, with solid
manufacturing capabilities and management practices. Located 30 km north of
Pune, the 2,600 m(2) plant employs approximately 100 people. Its integration
into the Alcan Packaging group is expected to be completed early in 2009.
    Alcan Packaging is a global leader in value-added specialty packaging. It
delivers multi-material innovative solutions to customers around the world for
the food, pharmaceutical, beauty and tobacco markets. Alcan Packaging has
130 facilities and 30,000 employees in 31 countries. Headquartered in Paris,
France, it generated US$6.2 billion revenues in 2007.

    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: Alcan Packaging, Paris: Colette Chauvière, +33
1 57 00 28 26,; Alcan Packaging Global
Pharmaceutical: Josée Saint-Pierre, (514) 630-9420 x2271,
josé; 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,;;

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