Architectural award for Alcan Composites in Singen

    MONTREAL, Aug. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Composites, part of Alcan
Engineered Products - a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan - received the 2008
BEX Award in the Best Use of Architectural or Structural Design category,
using ALUCOBOND(R) for the modernization of a housing scheme in the
Scharnhorst district of Dortmund, Germany.
    "It is an honour to receive this significant award," said Markus Gross,
president, Architecture Europe, Alcan Composites. "It proves once more that
the ALUCOBOND(R) panels manufactured in Singen (Germany) stand for quality in
the architecture industry."
    With a view towards economical consolidation of residential housing, the
city of Dortmund decided to transform the original housing site that was built
at the end of the 1960s. Using over 45,000 square metres of ALUCOBOND(R) Plus
panels, the project architect, Andreas Hanke, realized a retrofit concept in
keeping with the classic townscapes while providing the residents and the town
with a modern perspective.
    ALUCOBOND(R), a light composite material consisting of two aluminium
cover sheets and a plastic or mineral core, has been manufactured in Singen,
Germany, for almost 40 years. This versatile panel is used for façade and
interior applications in the architectural sector worldwide. It is also a
preferred material in other areas, such as image-building corporate design,
industry and transportation. ALUCOBOND(R) is also manufactured in other Alcan
Composites sites in United States, Brazil, India and China. For more
information, please visit:
    The Building Exchange BEX Awards aim to promote innovation in and support
for the setting of standards for green buildings and developments. For more
information, visit

    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.

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For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Paris:
Chrystele Ivins, +33-1-57-00-24-18,; Rio Tinto
Alcan Media Relations: Michelle Adams, (514) 848-8151,;

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