Rio Tinto Alcan celebrates the first metal produced from its leading-edge AP60 aluminium smelter in Quebec, Canada

Rio Tinto Alcan celebrates the first metal produced from its leading-edge AP60 
aluminium smelter in Quebec, Canada 
MONTREAL, Sept. 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - 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." 
√Čtienne 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." 
About the Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre 
The Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre will produce 40 per cent 
more aluminium per cell than the previous generation of AP technology. The 
cells will also yield improved environmental performance and energy 
efficiency. The Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre currently 
employs nearly 135 people and will have a capacity of 60,000 tonnes of 
aluminium. Rio Tinto Alcan's Arvida Research & Development Centre and R&D 
teams will continue supporting the new smelter and the further development of 
the AP60 technology platform. 
About Rio Tinto 
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, 
combining RioTinto 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. 
 

SOURCE  RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN 
Media relations, RioTinto Alcan Claudine Gagnon T: +1 514 848-8151 
Claudine.gagnon@riotinto.com www.riotintoalcan.com 
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CO: RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN
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