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AIRWARE™ technology by Alcan on the Airbus A350 XWB

20 July 2010

Alcan  Global  Aerospace  Transportation  and  Industry  (Alcan  Global  ATI),  part  of  Alcan Engineered  Products  –  a  business  unit  of  Rio  Tinto,  announces  that  it  has  signed  a contract agreement with Airbus through to 2020 to supply AIRWARE™, aluminum-based technology, for the A350 XWB. Contract specific terms were not disclosed. 

AIRWARE™ is a comprehensive offer of complementary Low Density Alloys (aluminum-lithium), best suited to feature in all parts of the aircraft primary structure.  

In the framework of the contract, AIRWARE™ 2050 plate and forging stock will be used in  the  manufacturing  of  critical  parts  of  the  internal  wing  structure  contributing  to  reach significant   weight   savings   and   reducing   the   corrosion   impact   on   aircraft   parts. AIRWARE™ has also been chosen to produce fuselage parts. 

Manufactured   both   at   Alcan   Global   Aerospace   facilities   in   Issoire,   France   and Ravenswood, USA, AIRWARE™ is the demonstration of the company’s commitment to supply  the  aerospace  industry  with  the  most  performing  technologies  enabling  aircraft manufacturers to fulfil their objectives in terms of fuel consumption, payload and range. 

One   of   our   key   drivers   in   developing   AIRWARE™   was   to   bring   to   market   a comprehensive  technological  solution  providing  our  customer  with  an  effective  and innovative response to its main engineering challenges”, said Christophe Villemin, Alcan Global Aerospace President.  

Leveraging  aluminum  recyclability  without  property  loss,  Alcan  and  Airbus  have  also engaged into a full recycling program committing to reclaim a significant proportion of the aluminium chips (i.e. “swarf”) generated during manufacturing. This recycling solution is a clear value add to the overall supply chain. It demonstrates both companies commitment to  reducing  environmental  impact  and  makes  AIRWARE™  a  material  of  choice  for  the aerospace industry. 

About Alcan Global ATI  

Alcan  Global  ATI  employs  approximately  3,500  people  and  has  manufacturing  plants  in Europe  and  North  America.  A  world  leader  in  the  production  of  aerospace  plates,  Alcan Global ATI provides its customers with its entire portfolio of advanced lightweight aluminium solutions.  Thanks  to  its  global  R&D,  manufacturing  and  commercial  reach,  Alcan  Global ATI  is  able  to  build  long-term  supply  and  innovative  technology  partnerships  with  major aerospace leaders. 

 About Alcan Engineered Products 

Alcan  Engineered  Products  is  a  global  sector-leader  strongly  committed  to  developing innovative, value added aluminum products for a broad range of civil and defense markets and applications, including aerospace, mass transportation, automotive, packaging, energy and  building.  With  around  11,000  employees  located  in  27  countries  and  a  commercial presence  in  more  than  60  markets  across  Europe,  the  Middle  East,  Africa,  the  Americas and  the  Asia-Pacific  region,  Alcan  Engineered  Products  is  organized  around  businesses dedicated  to  performance  materials  in  the  areas  of  aluminum  rolled  products,  extrusions and  automotive  structures,  aluminum  cable  and  international  trade.  Alcan  Engineered Products is headquartered in Paris, France.  

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. 

For further information, please contact: 

 Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Europe 
Mina Bishop 
Tel.: +33 1 44 69 54 07 
mina.bishop@clai2.com 

Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Canada 
Bryan Tucker 
Tel.: +1 514 848 8066 
bryan.tucker@riotinto.com 

Alcan Global ATI 
Laura Berneri 
Tel.: +33 1 57 00 21 34 
laura.berneri@alcan.com 

Website: 
www.riotintoalcan.com 

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