12 June 2008

Alcan Specialty Sheet, part of Alcan Engineered Products – a business of Rio Tinto, is showcasing its innovative Solar Surface® solutions at Intersolar, the world’s largest solar-technology trade fair, which continues through 14 June [...]

Alcan Specialty Sheet, part of Alcan Engineered Products – a business of Rio Tinto, is showcasing its innovative Solar Surface® solutions at  Intersolar, the world’s largest solar-technology trade fair, which continues through 14 June in Munich, Germany. Alcan Specialty Sheet is the aluminium industry’s leading supplier of advanced corrosion-resistant surfaces for solar applications.

As the world increasingly turns to environmentally friendly, renewable energy sources, specially developed aluminium sheet products like our cutting-edge Solar Surface® solutions are emerging as the material of choice for a wide variety of solar applications,” observed Laurent Musy, president, Alcan Specialty Sheet. “Innovation and customer focus are key to our success in collaborating with customers to help them harness the ‘intelligent’ energy products of the future,” Mr. Musy added.

Alcan Specialty Sheet’s exceptional research-and-development capabilities enable us to offer innovative, cost-effective materials particularly well suited to address energy efficiency and sustainability issues,” said Thierry Mootz, director, sales and marketing, Automotive and Customized Solutions. ”They are cost-competitive and help to safeguard the future of our planet,” he added.

The Alcan Solar Surface® portfolio includes a broad range of unique materials suited for use in solar thermal collectors, mirrors for photovoltaic panels or as concentrating aluminium mirrors in parabolic troughs. A ceramic nano transparent coating gives the Alcan Solar Surface® unparalleled durability and protection against the effects of the weather, corrosion and mechanical influences. Alcan Specialty Sheet also offers aluminium coils with a variety of functional surface finishes that are utilized as substrate for depositing solar selective absorber coatings.

Alcan Specialty Sheet is a key player in the European rolling industry, and occupies leading market positions for can and closures, automotive, customized industrial sheet solutions including high quality functional surface products. It includes world-class rolling and recycling operations in Neuf-Brisach (France) and Singen (Germany), as well as dedicated R&D capabilities in Voreppe (France) and Neuhausen (Switzerland).

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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