Alcan will invest US$9.5 million in its Specialty Sheet facility at Neuf-Brisach, France, to upgrade its existing automotive continuous annealing and quenching line. The project is scheduled to come on stream in the first half of 2008. “By improving the quality and expanding product and process capabilities, this investment will further strengthen Alcan Specialty Sheet’s position as a major player in the aluminium automotive market in Europe and demonstrates Alcan’s strategic commitment to this market,” said Christel Bories, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alcan Engineered Products. The investment will significantly improve the aluminium strip’s surface and mechanical properties, to better satisfy current customer requirements and anticipate future developments in the aluminium car body market. It will further enhance Neuf-Brisach’s environment, health and safety profile. “Alcan Specialty Sheet is a leading supplier of premium sheet products to the automotive industry, supported by unique R&D capabilities and efficient recycling solutions,” said Christophe Villemin, President Alcan Specialty Sheet, “This investment is part of a continuing strategy to better align the Neuf-Brisach plant’s capabilities, positioning it as a world-class manufacturing centre for automotive sheet, can stock and recycling,” he added. Alcan Specialty Sheet is a key player in the European rolling industry, and occupies leading market positions for beverage can and closures, automotive, customized industrial sheet solutions including high quality bright surface products. Alcan Inc. is a global materials company, delivering products and services worldwide. With technology and operations in bauxite mining, aluminia processing, primary metal smelting, power generation, aluminium fabrication, engineered solutions as well as flexible and specialty packaging, today’s Alcan is positioned to meet and exceed its customers’ needs. Alcan is represented by 65,000 employees in 61 countries and regions, and posted revenues of US$20.3 billion in 2005.