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ALCAN TO CUT ITS WORLD ALUMINUM PRODUCTION LEVEL

 MONTREAL, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Alcan Aluminium Limited (NYSE: AL) announces that, in the light of the persistent oversupply situation in the world aluminum industry, it will temporarily close 156,000 tonnes/year of its primary aluminum production capacity. These closures are in addition to the 102,000 tonnes/year which were closed in 1991 and 1992. Together, these closures, totaling 258,000 tonnes/year, will reduce Alcan's operating rate to 85 percent of its world capacity.
 The production cuts at Alcan plants will be made by a combination of potline closures, non-replacement of potlinings and amperage reduction.
 Reduction of production by the amounts indicated will take place at Alcan Group plants in Sebree, Ky. (60,000 tonnes/year), United Kingdom (18,000 tonnes/year), Brazil (8,000 tonnes/year) and, in Canada, at Kitimat, British Columbia (30,000 tonnes/year) and in its Quebec smelter system (40,000 tonnes/year). These reductions will start to take effect immediately and should be implemented within two months.
 These measures are expected to affect some 200-300 employees.
 Alcan Aluminium Limited, a Canadian corporation, is the parent organization of a multinational group of companies involved in all facets of aluminum production. With operations in more than 20 countries, Alcan has a primary aluminum production capacity worldwide of 1.7 million tonnes per year and employs 46,000 people.
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 /CONTACT: Charles Belbin of Alcan Aluminium Limited, 514-848-8232/
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