Alcan opens new R&D facility in Australia

July 26, 2005

Alcan Inc. today announced the opening of its new alumina research and development (R&D) facility in Brisbane, Australia. The Queensland Research and Development Centre (QRDC) will develop new technologies and enhance existing alumina production processes to improve productivity, environmental performance and employee safety.

"Construction of the AU$2.4 million purpose-built R&D facility was jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments. QRDC will directly employ world-class chemists, metallurgists and chemical engineers, joining more than 3,500 people employed at Alcan operations in Australia—including more than 725 Queenslanders in Brisbane," said Richard Yank, President of Pacific Operations, Alcan Bauxite and Alumina, at the facility's opening.