September 14, 2005

Alcoa Fastening Systems Announces the Creation of Two Manufacturing Facilities in China.

Torrance, California…. Following the opening earlier this year of its full service logistics center in Shanghai, China, Alcoa Fastening Systems announces the creation of two new 50,000 square-foot manufacturing sites in the Suzhou Industrial Park, 100 km from Shanghai, to support rapidly growing commercial aviation and railway/rail car production and sub-assembly in that market.  Both facilities will incorporate the latest in available manufacturing technology plus Alcoa Business System lean methodologies.  One facility will be dedicated to the production of select aerospace fastening systems; while the other will produce fasteners for Alcoa’s rail car/transportation customers.  Selection of the specific products to be produced is being carefully considered and coordinated with the company’s major customers around the world. 

Alcoa Fastening Systems, a business unit of Alcoa, is a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of fastening systems, specialty fasteners, components, and installation systems for aerospace and commercial product assembly. Headquartered in Torrance, California, the company has 6,000 employees, and manufactures at 26 locations in 7 countries. 
 
Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrapâ foils and plastic wraps, Alcoaâ wheels, and Bacoâ household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 131,000 employees in 43 countries and has been a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average for 45 years and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2001. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com
 
For more information about Alcoa Fastening Systems, visit www.alcoafasteners.com. For information about its complete line of Aerospace Products, please contact Ms. Anne Brown, Manager, Global Marketing Communications, Tel: 1 714 449 4374; Fax: 1714 278 8726; e-mail: anne.brown@alcoa.com. For information about its line of Industrial / Commercial Products, please contact Mr. Jim Hutchison, Global Marketing Manager, Tel: 1 254 751 5235, Fax: 1 254 751 5259,     e-mail: jim.hutchison@alcoa.com.