28 April 2010

164 New Buses for Moscow and St. Petersburg to be built with Alcan Engineered Products aluminium lightweight EcoRange ® technology

Alcan  Extrusions  and  Automotive  Structures,  part  of  Alcan  Engineered  Products  –  a business unit of Rio Tinto, has received orders from VOLGABUS of Volzhsky, Russia, for 164  units  of  the  EcoRange® system  for  the  Moscow  and  St.  Petersburg  bus  operators who have ordered 82 buses each. Alcan is supplying all of the aluminium extrusions and joining  elements  for  the  production  of  the  low  emission  city  buses.  Deliveries  will  take place from May to September 2010.  

In 2006 VOLGABUS and Rio Tinto Alcan have signed a cooperation agreement for the development  of  a  new  bus  family  based  on  the  EcoRange® system.  Since  then VOLGABUS  has  built  more  than  400  buses  with  EcoRange® body  structures  for  the Russian  market.  VOLGABUS,  founded  in  1995,  made  innovation  a  cornerstone  of  its business  philosophy  and  has  quickly  become  a  well-known  force  in  the  Russian  bus market. 

 “We  are  very  pleased  that  Moscow  and  St  Petersburg  have  selected  buses  from VOLGABUS with our innovative aluminium EcoRange® body structure system,” said Paul Warton,  president  Alcan  Extrusions  and  Automotive  Structures.  “Due  to  its  high-end technical  characteristics,  it  offers  multiple  benefits  to  bus  builders  and  operators,”  he added. 

The  lightweight  EcoRange® body  will  help  to  reduce  fuel  consumption  and  CO 2  emissions. For enhanced passengers safety the EcoRange® body structure includes two aluminium rollover rings.  

The EcoRange® body structure system, developed by Alcan Extrusions and Automotive Structures, includes high-performance  aluminium extrusions and aluminium bolted connections for fast and easy assembly.  

The 14.7m long, 3-axle buses will have three doors and  are designed for a capacity  of 173 passengers. The buses will be powered by a Deutz 210 kW engine with ZF gear box and ZF axles. VOLGABUS will start production of the buses in May in its bus plant in the Volgograd  region  and  delivery  to  Moscow  and  St  Petersburg  will  take  place  until September 2010.  

About Alcan Extrusions and Automotive Structures 

 Alcan  Extrusions  is  a  key  player  in  the  European  market,  focusing  on  specialty products.  It  supplies  a  variety  of  hard  and  soft  alloy  extrusions,  including  technically advanced   products,   to   the   automotive,   industrial,   energy,   electrical   and   building industries,  and  to  manufacturers  of  mass  transport  vehicles  and  shipbuilders  It  has production facilities in France, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  Automotive Structures serves major automotive and transportation manufacturers with advanced   technology,   develops   and   manufactures   aluminum   crash   management systems,    front-end    components,    cockpit    carriers    and    body-in-white    structural components.  It  serves  customers  in  Europe,  North  America  and  China  with  innovative and cost-effective aluminum solutions. 

About Alcan Engineered Products 

 Alcan  Engineered  Products  is  a  global  sector-leader  strongly  committed  to  developing innovative,   value-added   aluminium   products   for   a   broad   range   of   markets   and applications,  including  aerospace,  mass  transportation,  automotive,  packaging,  energy and  building.  With  around  11,000  employees  located  in  over  27  countries  and  a commercial presence in more than 60 markets worldwide, Alcan Engineered Products is organised  around  businesses  dedicated  to  performance  materials  in  the  areas  of aluminium  rolled  products,  extrusions  and  automotive  structures,  aluminium  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. 

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