Alcan's Voreppe Research centre celebrates its 40th anniversary


    PARIS, France, June 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan today celebrated the
40th anniversary of its Voreppe R&D centre (CRV) in the Rhône-Alpes region of
France. The ceremony, which took place at the R&D centre, commemorated the
four-decade-long contributions of CRV to the aluminum industry and scientific
    Christel Bories, President and CEO of Alcan Engineered Products attended
the celebration and noted: "I am proud to be here with so many CRV employees
and the scientific community to celebrate the accomplishments of a research
and development centre that has been so important to the past and future of
both Alcan and France. The expertise and hard work of CRV's employees has been
a great asset for Alcan in the past, and will prove to be instrumental for
Alcan's growth in the future."
    Through its 40-year history, CRV has developed into a world-class R&D
centre with a track record of leading-edge developments in aluminum alloys and
processes. The site hosts units focused on further developing Alcan's smelting
technologies and the development of innovative and sustainable products and
solutions for a wide range of Alcan's customers.
    "Our Technology and Innovation department is a key lever of our
sustainable growth strategy and a reliable forward-looking constituent of
Alcan Engineered Products," said Rod Jones, Vice President, Technology and
Innovation, Alcan Engineered Products and President, CRV.
    Voreppe is also the entry point for many future business leaders, as CRV
along with its sister site in Neuhausen, Switzerland leverages local
university networks and global technology centres to recruit young talented
    "Alcan's CRV centre in Voreppe, is a key component in the Company's R&D
initiative that was announced in December 2006. Along with other centres in
the Rhône-Alpes region and Canada, CRV will enable Alcan to aggressively
pursue breakthrough technologies, reinforcing France's importance to Alcan and
solidifying the Company's position as the world's leader for aluminum smelting
technologies," stated Claude Vanvoren, Vice-President, Technology, Research
and Development, Alcan Primary Metal Group.

    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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