28 October 2008

Rio Tinto Alcan and BIXI: a partnership on a roll

Rio Tinto Alcan will be the title sponsor of Montreal's new BIXI self-service bicycle rental system, supplying funding for the project as well as aluminium for the construction of the bicycles. BIXI will be offered to the public as of April 2009, with 2,400 bikes available at a network of 300 stations covering central Montreal.

"It's a great way to get people out of their cars and fits very well with the Rio Tinto Group's commitment to sustainability," said Tom Albanese, Chief executive officer, Rio Tinto. "We are happy to be part of this innovative service that will contribute to making Montreal an even better place to live and work."

The new BIXI bicycles, of which 40 prototypes are currently seen on the streets of Montreal, are designed by Michel Dallaire and manufactured in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region by Cycles DeVinci. Their aluminium frames are light, strong, durable and entirely recyclable. Aluminium can be recycled indefinitely without compromising its quality, and recycling aluminium only requires five per cent of the electricity necessary to produce new metal.

Rio Tinto Alcan supports numerous local organisations, including the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Montreal Neurological Institute, and is the founding sponsor for the new Montreal Planetarium project. The company is also a major contributor to Quebec and Canadian communities through the Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund, which last week announced its first series of community investments, totalling over C$15 million.

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto 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.

For further information, please contact:
Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Canada
Stefano Bertolli
Tel.: +1 514 848 8151