Alcan to supply innovative lightweight components for the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class

    PARIS, France, Sept. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan announced today that it is
supplying Mercedes-Benz with an all-aluminum innovative Crash Management
System for the car maker's new C-Class. Having made its debut in European
dealerships, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the first car model to use such an
aluminum crash management system, featuring crash boxes inserted in the front
structure of the car for improved safety. The bumper beam and crash boxes are
produced at Alcan's Automotive Structures Europe plant in Gottmadingen,
    "Alcan is very pleased that DaimlerChrysler has recognized the benefits
of this innovative lightweight crash management system for the new
Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This is but one example of how Alcan can deliver
sustainable high performance solutions to our customers while meeting high
environmental standards," said Wolfgang Schmitz, President of Alcan Engineered
and Automotive Solutions. "The aluminum crash management system demonstrates
Alcan's ability to deliver weight and cost improvements without compromising
safety and performance", Wolfgang Schmitz added.
    Alcan's new lightweight solution will help contribute to the automotive
industry's efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. In Europe, every 100kg of reduced
vehicle weight translates into a 6% reduction in CO2 emissions, or 9g/km.

    Alcan Automotive Structures Europe is part of Alcan Engineered and
Automotive Solutions (EAS), a global provider of innovative solutions to the
automotive and transportation industries.

    Alcan Inc. (NYSE, TSX: AL) is a leading global materials company,
delivering high quality products, engineered solutions 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, posted revenues of US$23.6 billion in 2006. The Company has
featured on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. For more information,
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For further information: Media Contact: Chrystèle Ivins, +33 1 57 00 24
18,; Anik Michaud, +1-514-848-8151,; Investor Contact: Ulf Quellmann, +1 514 848 8368,

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