09 June 2010

Alcan Specialty Sheet showcases its unique and latest innovation solution - Solar Surface® Selfclean – at INTERSOLAR 2010

Alcan Specialty Sheet, part of Alcan Engineered Products – a business unit of Rio Tinto – launches  its  new  Solar  Surface® Selfclean  at  the  coming  edition  of  the  INTERSOLAR trade  show  in  Munich,  Germany,  from  9th  to  11th  June  2010.  This  leading-edge technology fully enriches its market-proven Solar Surface® range of solutions. 

The new Solar Surface® Selfclean solution will be proposing two technologies: • Solar Surface® Selfclean PC : photocatalytic and hydrophilic reflector surface • Solar Surface® Selfclean eZ : superhydrophobic reflector surface Covering  a  large spectrum  of  applications  required  by  the  solar  industry  markets (including substrates for absorbers & Solar Surface® reflectors materials), Alcan Specialty Sheet  moves  one  step  further  in  confirming  its  leading  position  as  aluminium solutions provider. 

This  innovation  further  strengthens  our  leadership  as  provider  of  intelligent  aluminium-based  solutions  to  the  solar  industry.  Our  close  and  longstanding  relationship  with  our customers  combined  with  our  recognized  outstanding expertise  in R&D,  enabled  Alcan Specialty Sheet to develop a unique Solar Surface® solution for the increasingly complex solar  market  needs”  said  Thierry  Mootz,  Director  Sales  and  Marketing  Automotive  and Customized Solutions.

Recognized  a  strategic  technological  breakthrough,  the  Solar  Surface®  Selfclean  offer has been chosen to be highlighted during the prestigious Intersolar Innovation Exchange (in Hall C3). 

Aluminium  is  a  critical  material  to  address  the  solar  industry’s  challenges.  The  high reflectivity  and  formability  of  aluminium  mirrors  with  nano-particle  sol-gel  protection  is today an industry standard for a number of solar collector technologies. 

Alcan Specialty Sheet’s new Solar Surface® Selfclean coatings, incorporating active nano-particles and silane compounds, provides additional performance and functionality by  chemically  breaking  down  dirt  and  contaminants  in  contact with  the  surface,  thus ensuring that the solar mirrors remain clean and efficient, always”, emphasized Philippe Lequeu, Director Technology & Innovation. 

Note to editors: Alcan Specialty Sheet’s exhibition will be open to visitors and the press in Hall C1, Booth 370 from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on June 9/10 and from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on June 11. 

About Alcan Specialty Sheet 

Alcan Specialty Sheet is a key player in the European rolling industry, occupying leading market  positions  for  packaging,  automotive,  and  customised  industrial  sheet  solutions including high quality functional surface products. It has world-class rolling and recycling operations in Neuf-Brisach (France) and Singen (Germany), dedicated R&D capabilities in Voreppe (France) and Neuhausen (Switzerland), and employs over 2,000 people. 

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 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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