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March 9, 2004

AFL Automotive Sourced Australian Program

SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 9, 2004--AFL Automotive announced today that it has been named the full service electrical distribution supplier for Sterling Truck's right hand drive models, which are primarily sold in Australia and New Zealand.

Utilizing its expertise in computer aided design and component management, AFL will design wire harness assemblies, create system schematics, and draw installation diagrams in addition to manufacturing the final electrical distribution system. "AFL looks forward to bringing its capability to provide unique and valuable solutions to this program," said John Jenkins, Vice President and General Manager.

Additionally, AFL brings to this niche program the expertise it has gained from supplying electrical distribution systems to other Sterling Trucks models. Sterling Truck Corporation, a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC, produces Sterling and Acterra branded medium duty and heavy duty trucks for the vocational market.

AFL Automotive's Specialty Products Group focuses on the unique needs of the commercial transportation industry. It is a full service designer and manufacturer of electrical distribution systems, including conventional and multiplex configurations. Additionally, it offers instrumentation and modular assembly services.

About AFL Automotive

AFL Automotive, an Alcoa business, is a global industry leader and full-service supplier of complete electrical distribution architecture, delivering expert capabilities in design, engineering, testing and manufacturing.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina, 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 as a single solution to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap(R) aluminum foil, Alcoa(R) wheels, and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 127,000 employees in 40 countries. For more information go to