16 September 2010

Alcan Extrusions Rail & Bus Showcases Light Weight and Eco-friendly Engineering Solutions at Innotrans 2010

Alcan Extrusions Rail&Bus, a segment of Alcan Extrusions & Automotive Structures, a division of Alcan Engineered Products (Rio Tinto group) - presents its broad portfolio of light weight materials and sustainable engineering solutions for the railway sector at INNOTRANS in Berlin from September 21 to 24.

“We are proud to share our technical knowledge base and our long standing technical experience to support our customers in addressing their business challenges in a cost-efficient and innovative way” said Paul Warton, President Alcan Extrusions and Automotive Structures. “Additionally, we focus on continuously optimised alloys and extrusion technologies to further reduce weight for the next generation of supplies to the global railway market” Mr. Warton explains.

Alcan Extrusions Rail&Bus is cooperating today with all major railway manufacturers and is directly engaged with almost all types of railway vehicles using light weight and energy-efficient products and solutions - from monorail, tramways, metros, suburban trains, Inter City trains to high speed trains.

The Alcan Extrusions Rail&Bus booth at INNOTRANS 2010, located in Hall 8.2 (stand No. 234) showcases innovative light weight solutions based on the combination of large aluminium extrusions, components and composite structures with a high technological content.

Alcan Extusions Rail&Bus’ highlights at the fair include:

  • Hybrid design Monorail cross section: A cross section of a monorail produced for the city of Mumbai. This technologically leading hybrid design demonstrates the weight saving benefits from the combination of large structural aluminium extrusions and composite panels as main structural elements.

  • Structural and non-structural components: Alcan Extrusion Rail&Bus’ technological leadership is also of evidence for structural and non-structural components. It supplies complete welded sub-assemblies such as structural floors, roofs, side walls and interior floors for all types of rail vehicles. The customer benefits from just-in-time deliveries, finished, ready-to-mount and welded subassemlies provided with all necessary cut-outs, fixations for seats and surface treatments, significantly reducing the customer’s own production time.

  • The new generation of our high-dissipation heat sinks offers maximum economic efficiency for electronic power systems of railway vehicles. Due to the excellent cooling performance per unit of volume in combination with the flexibility in the configuration of the heat sink, the railway manufacturer benefits from very efficient and most economic products.

  • Coextruded Conductor Rails supply electrical power from substations to train vehicles. Based on its’ long standing experience with aluminum and its processing,  Alcan Extrusions developed a new coextruded aluminium/stainless steel power rail which is world wide a unique technology for this type of application for increased customer benefits..

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 scope of markets and applications, including aerospace, mass transportation, automotive, packaging, energy and building. With around 10,000 employees located in 26 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 organised around businesses dedicated to performance materials in the areas of aluminium rolled products, extrusions and automotive structures, and international trade.

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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