PARIS, December 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Rio Tinto Alcan today inaugurated a new EUR 5 million (US$7 million) remelting furnace for the recycling of used beverage cans (UBC) and a new EUR 10 million (US$15 million) trimming and slitting machine for beverage can body stock at its Neuf-Brisach site in France.

"These investments strengthen Alcan Specialty Sheet's position as the leading supplier of the rapid expanding European can stock market," said Christel Bories, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alcan Engineered Products. "Neuf-Brisach's fully integrated recycling, rolling and finishing facility makes it unique on the European continent," she added.

"Alcan Specialty Sheet is now able to offer competitive end-to-end customer solutions," said Christophe Villemin, President Alcan Specialty Sheet. "These investments will provide an economical and environmentally friendly solution to producing can body stock using UBC based metal, and will allow Neuf-Brisach to meet growing customer demand and offer a differentiated value proposition both in quality and service," he added.

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).

Alcan Specialty Sheet is a division of Alcan Engineered Products - a business of Rio Tinto Alcan. Rio Tinto Alcan is the aluminium product group of Rio Tinto.

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London 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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