July 15, 2008

Alcan Packaging to Acquire Cosmetic Tubes Facility in Russia

MONTREAL, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Alcan Packaging, part of Rio Tinto Alcan, announced that its Global Beauty division has signed a Share Purchase Agreement to acquire the Tubapak cosmetic tubes manufacturing facility in Russia.

"This acquisition illustrates our growth strategy", said Ilene S. Gordon, president and CEO, Alcan Packaging. "It will enable us to significantly increase our capability in the attractive Central and Eastern European markets, allowing us to develop a competitive industrial base from which to better serve our customers", she added.

The facility covers 7,000 m2 of production and warehousing space in the Moscow area and manufactures plastic tubes for the Russian cosmetic and personal care market.

"Our strategy is to accompany our global customers as they develop new products and enter new markets. This acquisition, our first in Russia, will enable us to meet existing supply contracts and, as we increase the plant's capacity, to grow in this region", said Francois Luscan, president, Alcan Packaging Global Beauty.

The acquisition is subject to clearance by the relevant authorities in Russia.

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 129 facilities and 30,000 employees in 31 countries, it generated US$6.2 billion revenues in 2007. For more information, please visit http://www.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: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Paris: Chrystele Ivins,+33-1-57-00-24-18, [email protected]; Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations,Canada: Stefano Bertolli, (514) 848-8151, [email protected]; AlcanPackaging, Paris: Colette Chauviere, +33-1-57-00-28-26,[email protected]; Alcan Packaging Beauty: Cecile Tuil,+33-1-49-68-61-85, [email protected]; http://www.riotinto.com/riotintoalcan