MONTREAL, Feb. 17, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan will invest
$300,000 over three years in a new partnership with the Consortium de
recherche et d'innovation en assemblage léger (CRIAL), aimed at
developing innovative solutions and technologies in the field of
aluminium joining and multi-material combinations.
"Growing out of the concerted efforts of the National Research Council
of Canada - Aluminium Technology Centre (NRC-ATC), the Société de la
vallée de l'aluminium and Rio Tinto Alcan, this consortium will fall
under the responsibility of the NRC-ATC. Rio Tinto Alcan's involvement
attests to the importance of cooperation between the public and private
sectors. This partnership also demonstrates Rio Tinto Alcan's
commitment to promoting the use of aluminium in manufacturing as it
enables the partners to have a better understanding of the potential of
innovative joining processes," said Étienne Jacques, chief operating
officer, Primary Metal, Rio Tinto Alcan North America.
By participating in CRIAL, companies, particularly small to medium-sized
businesses (SMBs),gain access to a wide range of innovative world class
joining technologies as well as to NRC-ATC's leading-edge expertise in
the field of aluminium.
"This announcement reflects Rio Tinto Alcan's commitment to supporting
aluminium transformation and confirms that the Office of Regional
Economic Development is pursuing its mission to contribute to
strengthening the local economy by promoting diversification and
sustainable economic development," said Hugues Lajoie, director of Rio
Tinto Alcan's Office of Regional Economic Development. Lajoie also
extended an invitation to Quebec SMBs that are searching for additional
tools to help with the development of their businesses.
The CRIAL consortium intends to capitalise on the synergy of
participating members to pursue R&D in innovative joining and
multi-material technologies for the benefit of its members.
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)
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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