April 19, 2006

Enrollment open for the Alcoa Aluminum Innovation Award

Enrollments are open for the fifth edition of the Alcoa Aluminum Innovation Award, which will select the best submitted papers on new aluminum applications and aluminum recycling. The enrollment deadline is on June 30. University students from all over the country can compete, provided that they shall prove to be registered in technology/graduation courses in the academic year 2006. The enrollment must be made on Alcoa’s website (www.alcoa.com.br).

The Award is part of a scientific and cultural contest aimed at encouraging and disseminating Brazilian students’ ideas pertaining to the aluminum business, while contributing to the sustainable development of the aluminum supply chain. It´s divided into two categories: Project, in which presentations of new products and new aluminum applications can compete; and Management Planning. In the latter category, a novelty has been introduced for this edition. The theme for it will be aluminum recycling (post-consumption waste and/or consumer goods production waste).
 
Sustainability
“The creation of a theme like aluminum recycling contributes to the sustainable development and improvements in quality of life in a healthier environment. Alcoa, who stands out as one of the world’s most ethical and sustainable corporations, couldn’t help but approaching such an important issue, as the concern about the ecosystem is growing more and more in the day-to-day lives of us all,” says Franklin Feder, President of Alcoa Latin America.

For its fifth edition, the Award brings another innovation: the participating teams can be multidisciplinary, and they can consist of students who take different courses, provided that the courses are taught within the same institution. Students can register in more than one category. In the case of teams, one of the members must be nominated  as the group’s representative.

The winning student or team in each category will receive R$ 10,000 as a prize, and the advising professor R$ 5,000. To the academic institution to which the awarded author or team representative belongs, R$ 5,000 worth of didactic equipment will be donated.
 
Supporting Entities
Another novelty this year is the support provided by important entities of the industry, such as the Architects’ Institute of Brazil (IAB, in Portuguese), the Engineering Institute, and UniEthos – Education for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development, a non-profit institution engaged in research, production of knowledge, instrumentalization and capacity building for the business and academic communities under the themes “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)” and “Sustainable Development,” as well as the Association for Higher Education in/Research on Design in Brazil (AenD-BR), and the Association of Product Designers (ADP).

Students enrolled by June 30 shall necessarily send their papers by Mail to the address set forth in the Award regulations by August 28, 2006, at the latest. The judgment will be carried out in the second half of September by two Judging Commissions, one for each category. Each commission shall consist of five professionals and professors having renowned experience in the field. The regulations and complementary information on the Alcoa Aluminum Innovation Award can be found on the website at www.alcoa.com.br.
 
About Alcoa

Established 40 years ago in Brazil, Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc., the world leader in aluminum production and processing. It operates in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, transportation and industrial markets. The Company has 129,000 employees in 42 countries and was named in 2006, for the second consecutive time, one of the most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Alcoa was also recognized as one of the most ethical companies in the Covalence Ethical Ranking for 2005. Covalence is a Swiss institution that rates companies as to their ethical reputation.
 
In Latin America, Alcoa has more than six thousand employees and operations in six Brazilian states (Pernambuco, Minas Gerais, Maranhão, Pará, São Paulo and Santa Catarina), including the bauxite mining project in Juruti, PA (state of Pará). It also has production plants in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru. In addition, Alcoa has a stake in the Barra Grande and Machadinho hydroelectric plant consortiums, on the border of Rio Grande do Sul with Santa Catarina. More information on Alcoa can be found at the web site:  www.alcoa.com.br.