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October 5, 1998

Alcoa Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire Pechiney's Bright Products Business

PITTSBURGH, Pa., U.S.A. and PARIS, France--October 5, 1998--
Alcoa and Pechiney announced today that they have signed a letter of intent for Alcoa to acquire the bright products business of Pechiney's Rhenalu rolling plant located at Catelsarrasin near Toulouse, France. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Examples of bright products are lighting fixtures, decorative applications and cosmetic packaging.

The bright products business will become a part of the Flat Rolled Products segment of Alcoa Europe, an Alcoa business unit. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Alcoa Europe is responsible for Alcoa's primary, flat-rolled products and extrusion businesses there.

Alcoa is the world's largest producer of aluminum and alumina. Alcoa participates in all major segments of the industry: mining, refining, smelting, fabricating and recycling.

Pechiney Rhenalu is the aluminum mill products division of the Pechiney Group, the leading European producer and the world's fourth largest producer of primary aluminum. Pechiney Rhenalu is the leading European producer of can stock and technical rolled products, with a strong worldwide position of heavy plate for the aerospace and transportation markets.