Alcan Showcases Advanced Lightweight Rail and Bus Solutions at UITP 2007

PARIS, May 24// - Alcan is presenting its innovative, lightweight sandwich
solutions for the rail and bus industries at the International Association of Public Transport's (UITP) 57th World Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition in Helsinki, Finland.

"Alcan's showcase at the UITP exhibition demonstrates that our technological expertise provides our customers with lightweight materials, parts and solutions that result in reduced vehicle weight and lower operating costs," said Wolfgang Schmitz, President of the Alcan Engineered and Automotive Solutions business unit.

Visitors to Alcan's Composite Structures display at UITP 2007 will be offered insight into the Company's outstanding technological expertise. Highlights of the showcase include a structural front cover for the Dm 12 railbus. This fibre-reinforced plastics component is manufactured by Alcan for SKODA Transportation in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The Dm 12 railbus will be operated by Finnish Railways VR.

Alcan's diverse and innovative composite materials will be illustrated by numerous exhibition sample parts; such as floors, roofs and three-dimensional sandwich components for the transportation market. The Company's high-performance, weight and energy saving parts for extremely demanding applications will also be displayed and include engine hatch and spoiler sets for Porsche sports cars as well as engineered solutions for propellers used in industrial air conditioning plants.

Alcan Composite Structures, based in Switzerland, is a leader in the development, design and fabrication of lightweight systems for the transportation industry. Its highly skilled workforce manufactures a wide range of products, from front cabins, roofs and floors for rail vehicles, structural components for the car industry to sandwich panels for the construction of busses, using state-of-the-art composite technology and advanced design and manufacturing methods. Alcan Composite Structures is part of the Alcan Engineered Products business group.

Alcan Inc. (NYSE: AL; 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 well as 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 Sustainability World Index consecutively since 2003. For more information, please visit: And

Note to editors: Alcan's exhibition will be open to visitors and the press in Hall 6, Booth 6E 100 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on May 24.

Source: Alcan Inc.

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