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Alcan Engineered Products opens Its research & development capabilities to industry third-parties

Alcan Engineered Products – a Business Unit of Rio Tinto – announces today that it is opening to other companies the use of its cutting-edge R&D centre dedicated to aluminium and its alloys. “This broadening of our activities will encourage more holistic and more innovative solutions to the benefit of our existing and new clients,” said Didier Albert, Sales Development Director of Alcan CRV Services. Based in Voreppe (France), this European leading research and development centre is unequalled and has gained international renown since its opening. Previously focused exclusively on working with Rio Tinto businesses, the centre now plans to assist other industrial companies in developing state-of-the-art solutions. Aluminium is becoming the material of choice for more and more industries. It is three times less dense than steel, indefinitely recyclable without the loss of any of its properties, extremely resistant to corrosion and offers a high thermal and electrical conductivity. As such, aluminium applications promote energy efficiency and reduced carbon footprints.

These intrinsic qualities have resulted in significant growth of the use of aluminium in such diverse sectors as road, rail, maritime and air transport; packaging; building and the energy sector. “Developing new aluminium solutions and products requires strong expertise across a variety of areas such as product and process metallurgy, material characterization, forming, joining and surface treatment,” explained Didier Albert. “The unique properties of aluminium make it a material of choice for many industries. For the first time, other companies can benefit from Alcan’s longstanding and recognized expertise to design, model and test new applications to support their development” added Didier Albert. The expertise and resources of Alcan CRV Services will support projects requiring multiple capabilities and disciplines. From the nano to the macroscopic scale, from technical assistance to metallurgical prototyping, Alcan CRV Services will allow companies to create and produce cost-effective tailored materials The solutions offered by Alcan CRV Services include training programmes and an access to significant bibliographic resources, allowing companies to implement and tailor all the elements of their research and development programmes such as: • Material characterization and analysis • Corrosion study and treatment • Material design and modeling assistance • Production of metallurgical prototypes • Thermal treatment • Mechanical testing • Forming • Joining • Surface treatment

Press release issued by Alcan CRV Services on March 25, 2010


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