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Rio Tinto Alcan celebrates first metal production in its aluminium smelter in Canada

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013

Rio Tinto Alcan celebrates the first metal produced at its new US$ 1.1 billion Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre, in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec. This important milestone marks the transition from a world-class construction project to a 60,000-tonne technology development centre unparalleled in the aluminium industry. The gradual ramp-up to full capacity will continue over the coming weeks.

"Rio Tinto Alcan is proud to commemorate the first aluminium produced in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, from the world's most productive reduction cells," declared Arnaud Soirat, President and chief executive officer of Rio Tinto Alcan, Primary Metal. "It is important to salute the ingenuity of Rio Tinto Alcan's Research and Development teams that first developed and tested this technology at the company's Laboratoire de Recherche des Fabrications (LRF) in Saint-Jean de Maurienne, France, which paved the way for the Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre in Quebec."

Étienne Jacques, Chief Operating Officer, Rio Tinto Alcan, Primary Metal, North America, added: "I want to recognise the dedication and perseverance demonstrated by the Rio Tinto Alcan and Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre teams throughout the plant's start-up process over the past several months. While much work remains before the Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre can be brought to full capacity, this is a significant milestone showcasing Rio Tinto Alcan's technological advantage."

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