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May 16, 2005

Alcoa Flexible Packaging Receives Supplier Award from Philip Morris

RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 16, 2005--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that its Alcoa Flexible Packaging (AFP) business was the recipient of the Excellence in Improvement award for best overall improvement for the year 2004 from Philip Morris USA Inc. Improvement criteria include quality, cost, security and technology, and delivery and service. The award was given in honor of the late David L. Milby, who served as Senior Vice President, Operations and Procurement Services for Philip Morris and was a proponent of continuous improvement.

AFP supplies a variety of packaging components for Philip Morris tobacco products used worldwide and is the company's primary supplier of the foil innerliner for its cigarette packages.

"Receiving this recognition from Philip Morris, demonstrates our pledge to customer satisfaction and continuous improvement to supply quality laminated packaging products to one of the world's most recognized brands," said Bimal Kalvani, president of Alcoa Flexible Packaging. "This award is a culmination of hard work and dedication on the part of many Alcoa Flexible Packaging employees."

AFP received the award during a PM USA Supplier Recognition event held in Richmond, Virginia, last month. "It was our pleasure to award the Dave Milby award to Alcoa Flexible Packaging for their commitment to continuous improvement in 2004," said Richard Kelly, Vice President, Purchasing, at Philip Morris USA. "Alcoa consistently demonstrated efforts that support our business relationship and we are proud to consider them our partner."

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 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 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 Wrap(R) foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa(R) wheels, and Baco(R) 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