September 18, 2008

Alcan Cable Launches STABILOY(TM) Aluminium Alloy Cable in China

MONTREAL, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Alcan Cable, part of Alcan Engineered Products - a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan, has made STABILOY(TM) brand wire the first aluminium alloy building wire available in China. STABILOY(TM) provides a unique, cost-effective solution for residential, commercial, power utility, industrial and institutional market applications.

"We are excited to offer our STABILOY(TM) aluminium alloy building wire to the Chinese market," said Ian Hewett, president, Alcan Cable. "STABILOY(TM) is a proven and reliable alternative to copper feeder conductors and delivers significant cost savings."

Some of the distinctive features of STABILOY(TM) aluminium alloy building wire include its light weight and flexibility which translates directly into installation ease. STABILOY(TM) aluminium alloy building wire is a very secure and reliable wiring solution, produced using state of the art technology to manufacture a unique alloy formulated specifically for electrical feeder conductor applications in residential and commercial buildings.

Alcan Cable's newest manufacturing plant is currently under construction in the Tianjin Airport Industrial Park, with operations dedicated to STABILOY(TM) aluminium alloy building wire scheduled to begin in early 2009.

STABILOY(TM) aluminium alloy building wire has been successfully installed in thousands of projects throughout North America for many years. Alcan Cable also operates six manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada, and has been a leading aluminium cable manufacturer in North America for over 100 years.

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 Cable Media Relations, Atlanta: Rhonda Buckley,+1 (770) 392-2381; Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Montreal: StefanoBertolli, (514) 848-8151; Alcan (Tianjin) Aluminum Alloy Products, Tianjin, PRChina: Ma Gang, +86 22 83192256;;;