New speciality alloy facility in China

19th October 2007

Global aluminium producer Alcan broke ground at the Tianjin airport industrial park, in China, for its speciality alloy cable manufacturing facility. The $40-million facility will produce speciality alloy cable products for commercial, institutional and industrial applications. The new plant is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2008.

“Alcan is very proud to be breaking ground on the new facility. “The company is excited about the continued growth of Alcan Engineered Products into China with cost-effective and innovative solutions to support China’s rapidly expanding commercial construction market,” Alcan Engineered Products president and CEO Christel Bories says.

“The ground-breaking ceremony is a demonstration of Alcan Cable’s ability to tap new market opportunities for its aluminium alloy products. “Alcan is also very appreciative of the support provided by the Tianjin government to help Alcan Cable establish a presence in China. “We look forward to further developing our relationships with the local business community and the Chinese construction industry,” Alcan Cable president Ian Hewett says.

As a welcoming gesture, Tianjin’s mayor, Dai Xianglong, met with Alcan’s senior officials before the ground-breaking event. Attending the ceremony were Tianjin’s vice-mayor, Yang Dongliang, and president of the administrative committee of the Tianjin free-trade zone and airport industrial park, Feng Zhijiang, along with Hewett.

Alcan Cable is a manufacturer of aluminium cables for the utility, residential, and commercial markets in North America.

Alcan is a global materials company, delivering products and services worldwide. The company has operations in bauxite-mining, alumina processing, primary metal smelting, power generation, alumi- nium fabrication, engineered solutions as well as flexible and speciality packaging. Alcan employs 68 000 employees, including its joint ventures, in 61 countries and regions, and posted revenues of $23,6-billion in 2006. The company has featured on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index consecutively since 2003.