May 30, 2006

Just 30 days to go until enrolment for the Alcoa Innovation in Aluminum Prize closes

University students from all over Brazil, from any level of degree course whatsoever, can enter for the competition.

Enrolment for the 5th edition of the Alcoa Innovation in Aluminum Prize is open until June 30. This will select the best works relating to new applications for aluminum and aluminum recycling. University students from all over Brazil can compete provided they prove they are registered in a technology/graduation course for the 2006 academic year. Enrolment procedures can be found on Alcoa’s website (www.alcoa.com.br ).
 
The Prize consists of a scientific and cultural competition, the aim of which is to encourage and publicize the ideas of Brazilian students in the sector, as well as to contribute to the sustainable development of the aluminum production chain. There are two categories: Projects, in which the presentation of new products and applications in aluminum can compete, and Management Planning. This latter category is introducing something new this year; its theme will be aluminum recycling (post-consumption waste and/or waste generated in the production of consumer goods).
 
Sustainability
“The creation of a theme like aluminum recycling contributes to sustainable development and improvements in the quality of life within a healthier environment. Alcoa, which distinguishes itself as being one of the most ethical and sustainable companies in the world, cannot fail to face up to an issue that is so important, given that concern with the ecosystem is an increasingly apparent aspect in the day to day life of all of us”, says Franklin Feder, President of Alcoa Latin America. 
 
In its 5th edition the Prize is introducing another innovation: the teams taking part can be multidisciplinary, comprising students from different courses, provided they all come from the same institution. Groups may enroll in more than one category. In the case of teams one participant must be chosen as the group’s representative.
 
The student or team that wins in each of the categories will receive R$ 10,000 and the professor-tutor, R$ 5,000.The teaching institution to which the prize-winner belongs, or the team representative will receive a donation of R$ 5,000 in teaching equipment.
 
Support entities
Something else that is new this year is the support being given by important sector entities, like the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB), the Institute of Engineering, UniEthos – Education for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development, a not-for-profit institution that focuses on research, knowledge production, instrumentalization and capacity-building for entrepreneurial and academic environments in the themes of Corporate Social Responsibility (RSE) and Sustainable Development, the Association for Teaching/Research in Design at University Level in Brazil (AenD-BR) and the Association of Product Designers (ADP).  

Those registered by June 30 must send their work by post (compulsory) to the address indicated in the Prize regulations, by August 31, 2006. The judging will be carried out in the first two weeks of September by two Judging Panels, one for each category. Each panel will be made up of five professionals and professors of renowned experience in the area. The regulations and any additional information about the Alcoa Innovation in Aluminum Prize can be found on our website www.alcoa.com.br.
 
About Alcoa
Alcoa Alumínio S.A., a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc., the world’s leading company in the production and transformation of aluminum, which operates in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, construction, transport and industrial markets, has been in Brazil for 40 years. The Company has 129,000 employees in 4 3  countries and in 2006, during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, was named for the second year running as one of the most sustainable companies in the world. Alcoa was also chosen as a leader in ethics in 2005 in a ranking from Covalence Ethical, a Swiss institution that assesses companies as far as their ethical reputation is concerned.
 
In Latin America Alcoa has more than 6000 employees and operations in six Brazilian states (Pernambuco, Minas Gerais, Maranhão, Pará, São Paulo and Santa Catarina), including a new bauxite mine that is being set up in Juruti (PA). It also has plants in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru. Alcoa also has share holdings in the hydroelectric consortiums of Barra Grande and Machadinho, on the border between Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. More information about Alcoa can be found on its website:  www.alcoa.com.br