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January 17, 2005

Alcoa Flexible Packaging Offers Textile Manufacturers New Application for Reynolon 7011 Film

RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 17, 2005--Alcoa Flexible Packaging announced today a new application for its Reynolon(R) 7011 shrink film packaging. The soft, low-shrink, tight-fitting film is now used by Westpoint Stevens, one of the nation's premier manufacturers and marketers of bed and bath home furnishings, on its Martex(R) brand premium bedding and bath accessories, as well as other well known home furnishing brands.

"We've revitalized Reynolon 7011 film packaging so it can be used for the most elegant packages. The soft feel of the film makes it ideal for wrapping premium bed linens, as consumers have expressed that a soft package is more pleasing to touch. Created with optimum clarity and durability, we've created a premium bag for the high-end textile market making the costly pre-made vinyl bags unnecessary," said Anna Husk, Alcoa Marketing Manager for Reynolon film.

Reynolon 7011 film packaging is used to create bags in a variety of shapes and sizes. It is frequently used for packaging various items ranging from rugs to dog bones.

About Alcoa Flexible Packaging

Alcoa Flexible Packaging, based in Richmond, Virginia, manufactures a variety of packaging materials including extrusion and adhesive laminated pouch materials, overwraps and linerstock, blister lidding foil, thermoformed trays, cable wrap, plastic shrink sleeve body labels, and Reynolon shrink film. These packaging materials serve the world's leading consumer products manufacturers within the pharmaceutical, medical, food & beverage, and industrial markets.

About Alcoa

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) 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 120,000 employees in 41 countries.