Alcan Inc.

Alcan Donates US$500,000 to Assist in Katrina Relief Efforts

    Montreal, Canada (ots/PRNewswire) - Alcan Inc. (NYSE, TSX: AL) announced today that it is donating US$500, 000 to the American Red Cross to assist in relief efforts following the  devastation caused to the U.S. Gulf coast by hurricane Katrina last week.

    "On behalf of Alcan, our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the  families and friends of the victims, in particular those who are part of  our family. At present, many Alcan retirees and at least one employee were  directly impacted by the hurricane," said Travis Engen, President and Chief  Executive Officer of Alcan Inc. "Tens of thousands of people have lost  everything: family, friends, homes, jobs. It is reassuring to see the  global community unite and collectively assist the survivors to rebuild  their lives," he added.

    Alcan does not currently have any facilities in the affected region.  Until 2003, Alcan operated a cable plant in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, a  town that was virtually flattened by Katrina, and the Company is already  providing support in this area. The Company's former Bay St. Louis facility  is one of the few buildings to have not been completely destroyed and is  being used in the relief effort.

    Alcan is monitoring developments in the region and continuing to assess  additional means of providing assistance.

    Alcan is a multinational, market-driven company and a global leader in  aluminum and packaging. With world-class operations in primary aluminum,  fabricated aluminum as well as flexible and specialty packaging, aerospace  applications, bauxite mining and alumina processing, today's Alcan is well  positioned to meet and exceed its customers' needs for innovative solutions  and service. Alcan employs almost 70,000 people and has operating  facilities in 55 countries and regions.

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