Alcan's Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne facility celebrates its centennial


    MONTREAL, Oct. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan today celebrated the centennial of
its Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne facility in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. The
ceremony, which took place at the facility, commemorated 100 years of
Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne's contributions to the aluminum industry and
scientific community.
    Michel Jacques, President and CEO of Alcan Primary Metal Group attended
the celebration and noted: "It is an honor to be here with so many employees
and retirees to celebrate the history of a facility that has been so important
to the global aluminum industry. Alcan is proud that Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
is recognized around the world as a leading center for French innovation,"
Jacques added.

    The Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne facility is a key component to Alcan's R&D
initiative that was announced in December 2006. Along with other centres in
the Rhône-Alpes region and Canada, the facility will enable Alcan to
aggressively pursue breakthrough technologies designed to increase
efficiencies and to reduce energy consumption. The Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
facility is also a market leader in producing aluminum wire for Europe.

    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 Indexes consecutively since 2002. For more information, please

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