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June 30, 2005

AFL Automotive Enters Marine Market; Supports Engine Control Module Packages from EControls

SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 30, 2005--AFL Automotive's Specialty Products Group is making its entry into the marine market by supplying wire harnesses that will be used on marine engines for the pleasure boat market. AFL Automotive is applying its automotive manufacturing know-how to produce the wire harnesses and is supporting EControls, engine control module specialists, in bringing complete engine control module packages to the transportation and industrial equipment markets.

EControls manufactures electronic engine control modules that control fuel injection and help engine original equipment manufacturers meet 2007 engine emissions standards without costly modifications. AFL Automotive compliments EControls' modules by utilizing automotive manufacturing processes to produce the wire harnesses used for installation.

AFL is currently providing wire harness drawings and advising EControls with electrical component selection for customers in the industrial and marine industries, where products are frequently tailored to individual customer needs.

AFL's DixieWire unit based in Schertz, TX provides tin coated copper wire in TXL and SXL specifications for the EControls marine program. Modular power distribution boxes from AFL's EPC components unit allow for increased electrical content in less packaging space.

"EControls provides engine control modules that deliver specific solutions to the special issues faced by engine OEMs. AFL is pleased to support EControls in bringing a complete package to the market," said John Jenkins, Vice President and General Manager - AFL Specialty Products Group.

AFL Automotive's Specialty Products Group based in San Antonio, TX focuses on the unique needs of the personal and commercial transportation markets. It is a full service designer and manufacturer of wire harnesses and electronic / electrical distribution systems for trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, and engines. Additionally, it offers instrumentation and modular assembly services.

About AFL Automotive

AFL Automotive, a wholly owned Alcoa subsidiary, is a world leader in the design, development and production of high quality electrical and electronic distribution systems for personal and commercial vehicles. AFL connects with vehicle manufacturers and their sub-suppliers in the major automotive centers of the world, including China, Japan, Asia, Europe and the USA. AFL Automotive has approximately 34 locations in 15 countries and 33,500 associates around the world.

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 120,000 employees in 42 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