26 May 2009

Alcan Specialty Sheet highlights its latest cutting edge technologies at INTERSOLAR fair in Munich, Germany

Alcan Specialty Sheet, part of Alcan Engineered Products - a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan - presents its broad portfolio of innovative and sustainable solutions designed for energy efficiency and sustainability commitment at the INTERSOLAR 2009 fair in Munich, Germany from 27th to 29th May 2009.

Aluminium has become an essential material in the solar industry” said Philippe Lequeu, Director & Program Manager Technology & Innovation, Alcan Specialty Sheet. “We leverage our experience and expertise through applied R&D in the creation of trend-setting, resource-saving and energy-optimised products and technologies” he added.

In a time of complex challenges, Alcan Specialty Sheet - a leading provider of customized aluminium based products and applications for the solar industry - develops creative solutions based on interaction between cross functional teams, well suited to address our customers’ future needs.

At the Alcan Specialty Sheet booth, visitors will be able to see, among others, aluminium reflectors, aluminium absorber substrates for domestic hot water systems and industrial scale parabolic through mirrors for heating and cooling purposes demonstrating the growing importance of aluminium as the material of choice for demanding solar applications.

Our innovative conference for this year’s event will bring our customers and visitors up-to-date with our latest concept for optimized and cost effective medium temperature collector as well as demonstrate the growing importance of the energy efficiency sector,” said Thierry Mootz, Director Sales and Marketing Automotive and Customized Solutions, Alcan Specialty Sheet. ”Alcan Specialty Sheet believes this to be the strategic market sector of the future”, he emphasized.

Alcan Specialty Sheet is a key player in the European rolling industry, and occupies leading market positions for packaging, 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 Alcan Engineered Products

Alcan Engineered Products manufactures and markets engineered materials and solutions for a wide range of industrial sectors, including aerospace, automotive, mass transportation, building and energy.

With 14,000 employees located in 34 countries and a commercial presence in 65 markets across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region, Alcan Engineered Products is organised around seven businesses dedicated to performance materials in the areas of aluminium rolled products, aluminium extrusions, aluminium cable, composite products, automotive components 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.


Media contacts

Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Europe

Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Canada