Plastic Bottles provide moisture and oxygen barrier.

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Optimizing shelf life of pharmaceuticals, StabilitySolutions(TM) DRY consists of bi-layer desiccant container for oral solid products. Technology incorporates desiccant material into product contact layer, eliminating need for desiccant sachet or canister. Also intended for oral solid dose products, tri-layer StabilitySolutions(TM) BARRIER container sandwiches ethylene vinyl alcohol between 2 layers of high-density polyethylene for oxygen and moisture protection.



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Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging Launches New StabilitySolutions(TM) Product Line of High Barrier Bottles



MONTREAL, May 7 /- Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging, part of Rio Tinto Alcan's packaging unit, has launched a new StabilitySolutions(TM) product line of high barrier plastic bottles. The product development and production come from the Alcan Packaging plastics business headquartered in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

"This is a groundbreaking, innovative product for pharmaceuticals that require the highest moisture and oxygen barrier," said Michael Rubenstein, chief growth and innovation officer, Alcan Packaging. "StabilitySolutions(TM) DRY and StabilitySolutions(TM) BARRIER use patent pending technologies to ensure that the customers' products maintain their efficacy longer, delivering the greatest possible benefit to patients."

StabilitySolutions(TM) DRY is a bi-layer desiccant container for oral solid products that offers improved product protection and product shelf life. The patent pending technology incorporates desiccant material into the product contact layer of the bi-layer container, eliminating the need for a desiccant sachet or canister. The integration of this feature into the bottle wall thickness itself can add filling line efficiencies resulting in significant cost savings to customers.

StabilitySolutions(TM) BARRIER is a tri-layer container for oral solid dose products using patented and patent pending technology that sandwiches the high oxygen barrier ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) between two layers of high density polyethylene (HDPE). This approach results in pharmaceutical bottles that provide remarkable oxygen barrier protection coupled with the reliable moisture barrier characteristics offered by HDPE.

"The StabilitySolutions(TM) product line demonstrates our belief that packaging can add exceptional value to our customers' products", commented Mike Schmitt, president, Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging. "Our innovation efforts are uniquely focused on our customers' specialized needs, working collaboratively with them to optimize product integrity while delivering a high level of customization for their individual product requirements."

Alcan Packaging is a world leader in value-added specialty packaging. It delivers multi-materials and innovative solutions to customers around the world for the food, pharmaceutical, beauty and tobacco markets. Led by Ilene Gordon, president and CEO, Alcan Packaging is headquartered in Paris, France, with 128 facilities and 30,000 employees in 31 countries, it generated US$6.2 billion revenues in 2007. For more information, please visit alcanpackaging.com.

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.

CONTACT: Canada: Stefano Bertolli, +1-514-848-8151, stefano.bertolli@alcan.com; Alcan Packaging, Paris: Colette Chauviere, +33-1-57-00-28-26, colette.chauviere@alcan.com; Alcan Packaging Global Pharmaceuticals: Josee Saint-Pierre, +1-514-630-9420 x2271, josee.saint-pierre@alcan.com; Website: http://www.riotinto.com/riotintoalcan

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