Alcan Shares The First Ever "Prix Quebecois De L'entreprise Citoyenne" Ex Aequo Award With The Cirque Du Soleil
Company Recognized For Its New Spent Potlining Recycling Plant In The Saguenay Region
MONTREAL, Oct. 15 - Alcan Inc. has been recognized as a co-recipient of the first ever Prix Québécois de l'Entreprise Citoyenne by Korn/Ferry International and L'Actualité magazine for its innovative aluminum spent potlining recycling plant in the Saguenay region. The Prix Québécois de l'Entreprise Citoyenne was established to recognize the outstanding corporate citizenship efforts of Quebec-based companies. Alcan will share this year's award with the Cirque du Soleil.
"We are very proud to be a co-recipient of this prestigious award. More importantly, we are pleased that through innovation developed in Quebec, this new facility will provide an environmentally sustainable solution to recycle and re-use traditional waste materials that will set the technological standard for the entire aluminum industry," said Jean Simon, President of Alcan Primary Metal Group, North America. "Alcan is firmly committed to the environmental well-being of our employees and our communities," he continued.
Spent potlining is the residual material generated during the de-lining of pots following the aluminum smelting process. The spent potlining is composed of carbon and various elements and is traditionally pre-treated and land-filled under strict precautions. Through this new process, all of the spent potlining will be recycled, providing the global aluminum industry with a sustainable re-useable solution for this industrial material.
Alcan's spent potlining treatment plant is a unique industrial-scale facility plant that will have a capacity to recycle approximately 80kt of material per year. The plant is expected to be fully operational during the second quarter of 2008 and will employ around 50 people.
Alcan Inc. (NYSE, TSX: AL) is a leading global materials company, delivering high quality products and services worldwide. With world-class technology and operations in bauxite mining, alumina processing, primary metal smelting, power generation, aluminum fabrication, engineered solutions as wellas flexible and specialty packaging, today's Alcan is well positioned to meet and exceed its customers' needs. Alcan is represented by 68,000 employees, including its joint ventures, in 61 countries and regions, and posted revenues of US$23.6 billion in 2006. The Company has featured on the Dow Jones
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