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                                    FORM 6-K

                        REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

                      PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 or 15d-16 OF
                       THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                    Report on Form 6-K dated August 22, 2003

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         Enclosure: Press release dated August 22, 2003, announcing that
            Pechiney's subsidiary, Pechiney Plastic Packaging, Inc,
             has completed the acquisition of Novacel S.A. de C.V.


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Pechiney completes acquisition of Novacel -

Mexico's leading custom flexible packaging company

Paris, August 22, 2003 - Pechiney Group today has announced that its subsidiary,
Pechiney Plastic Packaging, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Novacel, S.A.
de C.V., Mexico's leading custom flexible packaging company for US$ 90 million,
from Grupo Arteva, S. de R.L. de C.V. and Grupo Bimbo, S.A. de C.V.

With the addition of Novacel, Pechiney establishes a flexible manufacturing
presence in Mexico, and demonstrates its strategy to expand globally in selected

"Novacel, which is based in a market enjoying strong growth, brings numerous
strengths to our organization, among them strong customer relationships and
technological capabilities," said Ilene Gordon, Pechiney Plastic Packaging
president. "We are pleased to welcome them to Pechiney."

Headquartered in Guadalajara, Mexico, Novacel manufactures a variety of flexible
packaging products, primarily for food markets, that fit strategically with
Pechiney Plastic Packaging's businesses. It operates two plants and employs
1,000 people. In 2002, sales were approximately US$ 110 million.

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Pechiney Plastic Packaging (PPP) had sales of approximately (euro) 1.3 billion
in 2002. It is a technological leader in the manufacture of single and
multilayer plain and printed plastic films, laminations, pouches, bags, lidstock
and thermoformed trays; and multilayer plastic bottles. The company serves three
major markets: Food, Meat & Dairy, and Healthcare & Specialty. Headquartered in
Chicago, it now employs approximately 6,000 people in 40 facilities in North and
South America, Europe and Australasia.

The Pechiney Group's Packaging Sector achieved sales of approximately (euro) 2.4
billion in 2002. With bases in 18 countries, it employs more than 17,000 people
in 97 plants around the world. It has global leadership positions in high
value-added specialty packaging for food (flexible packaging, capsules and
overcapping) and health and beauty (flexible tubes, aluminum aerosol cans,
luxury plastic containers for cosmetics and perfumes). The Novacel flexible
plants join an already strong presence in Mexico in the beauty sector, including
two Cebal tube facilities (one for laminate tubes, another under construction
for plastic tubes) and two Techpack cosmetic packaging plants.


Pursuant to article 7 of the COB Rule book n(o) 2002-04, this press release was
disclosed to the Commission des Operations de Bourse before its release.

Certain statements in this press release that describe Pechiney's intentions,
expectations or projections may constitute forward-looking statements. These
forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and
other factors that may cause Pechiney's actual results, performance or
achievement to be materially different from its intentions, expectations or
projections. Forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of
its date and Pechiney undertakes no obligation to update or revise any
forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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     75116 Paris                              


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
Pechiney has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

Date: August 22, 2003                                PECHINEY

                                                By:  /s/ Olivier MALLET
                                                Name:  Olivier MALLET
                                                Title: Chief Financial Officer