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April 13, 2005

CANADA: Alcan opens automotive aluminium structures fabricating plant

Alcan has announced the opening of its automotive bumper fabricating plant in Saguenay, Quebec, to better serve customer needs and promote industrial diversification in the region. Representatives from federal, provincial and municipal governments joined with the plant's main customers to celebrate the opening with Alcan management.

Alcan has announced the opening of its automotive bumper fabricating plant in Saguenay, Quebec, to better serve customer needs and promote industrial diversification in the region. Representatives from federal, provincial and municipal governments joined with the plant’s main customers to celebrate the opening with Alcan management.

“This new automotive structures plant is another example of our commitment to maximizing value and our continued support of sustainable development throughout the region,” said Travis Engen, president and chief executive officer of Alcan Inc.

At the opening ceremony, Jean-Noel Dargnies, president of Alcan Automotive Structures, said, “This plant is a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate our competitiveness in the demanding environment of the automotive market. We are confident that our manufacturing and technological expertise, coupled with the unique abilities of aluminium to reduce weight while improving safety, will make us successful in North America.”

Located in the ‘crucible of Alcan’s primary metal production in Canada’, at full capacity Saguenay will have an annual production capacity of 1 million bumper beams.

The plant represents the second step for Alcan in building a new market for aluminium structural assemblies in the North American market. This effort also involves a sister plant that opened last year in Novi, Michigan. The two facilities will work closely together as an integrated operation.

In 2004, Alcan Automotive in Europe produced more than 2.3 million bumpers, 4.4 million side-impact beams, and nearly 1 million cockpit carriers.

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