July 19, 2006

Number of those entered for 5th Alcoa Innovation in Aluminum Prize up 19%

As of June 30, when registration of works for the fifth edition of the Alcoa Innovation in Aluminum Prize closed, the number of entries was up 19% over 2005, at 773. This increase shows that interest in the competition among students and academics keeps growing. In 2005 there were 650 entries and the first time it was held, in 2002, there were 324 works. 
 
The courses with the largest number of registered projects were Design, with 248 (32%), Architecture and Urbanism, with 111 (14 %) and Social Communication, with 77 (10%). The state with the largest number of entries was São Paulo (400), followed by Minas Gerais (78), Santa Catarina (66) and Rio de Janeiro (61). 
 
Students from courses in Design, Social Communication, Business Administration, Architecture and Urbanism, Engineering, Economics, Public Relations, Fashion and others, from many teaching institutions and from almost every state in Brazil, were able to enter with the idea of producing works from the countless possibilities that aluminum offers, in addition to contributing to the sustainable development of the aluminum production chain.
 
Two of the categories (Projects and Management Planning) in this year’s competition allowed students from any higher education courses to participate. Something else that is new is aluminum recycling (post-consumption and/or generated when producing consumer goods) in the category, Management Planning.
 
The Prize is awarded for a scientific and cultural competition, the objective of which is to encourage and publicize the ideas of Brazilian students in the sector. The prize for the student or winning team in each category will be R$10,000, with R$5,000 for the professor-tutor. The teaching institution to which the prize-winning author or team representative is attached will receive R$ 5,000 worth of teaching equipment.
 
Those registered must send their work by post only to the address published in the Prize rules, by August 28, 2006 at the latest. Two Committees of Judges, one for each category, will judge the entries during the second half of September. Each committee will consist of 5 professionals and professors with recognized experience in the area. The rules and additional information about the Alcoa Innovation in Aluminum Prize can be found at www.alcoa.com.br.
 
Support - This year’s competition has the support of important entities in the sector, such as the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB), the Engineering Institute, UniTheos – Education for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development, a not-for-profit institution that focuses on research, knowledge production, operationialization and training and development for the business and academic worlds in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development, the Higher Education Design Teaching/Research Association in Brazil (‘AenD-BR’) and the Association of Product Designers (ADP).
 
About Alcoa
Alcoa Alumínio S.A., a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc, the world’s leading company in the production and transformation of aluminum, has been in Brazil for 40 years and operates in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, construction, transport and industrial markets. The Company has 129,000 employees in 43 countries and for the second year running was named as one of the most sustainable companies in the world during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Alcoa was also chosen as the 2005 ethics leader, in a ranking produced by Covalence Ethical, a Swiss institution that evaluates the ethical reputation of companies. 
 
In Latin America Alcoa has more than 6,000 employees and operations in six Brazilian states (Pernambuco, Minas Gerais, Maranhão, Pará, São Paulo and Santa Catarina), including its bauxite mining in Juruti, PA (State of Pará). It also has plants in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru. In addition, Alcoa has a stake in the Barra Grande and Machadinho hydropower plant consortiums, on the border of Rio Grande do Sul with Santa Catarina. More information can be found on the website: www.alcoa.com.br.