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August 15, 2005

Alcoa Mill Products Maintains Top Supplier Status with Nissan North America's Quality Master Award

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 15, 2005--Alcoa announced today that its North American Mill Products business was the recipient of the Quality Master Award from Nissan North America for the third year in the row, maintaining its top 10% global supplier status with the automaker. The award recognizes Nissan North America's top 100 suppliers, based on evaluations from several of its divisions including Purchasing, Engineering, Manufacturing, Product Quality and Production for Nissan's fiscal year 2004. Alcoa was the only sheet metal supplier to achieve Quality Master status by Nissan North America.

Alcoa's Davenport, Iowa and Danville, Illinois, plants are major suppliers of aluminum sheet products to Nissan for the automaker's Altima and Maxima sedans hood and trunk programs.

"This award is a barometer of our performance with Nissan and illustrates the commitment of Alcoa Mill Products employees to provide its customers with the highest levels of quality, performance, and delivery," said Mick Wallis, President of Alcoa North America Mill Products.

Alcoa North America Mill Products produces the widest variety of aluminum sheet and plate products in the world. It makes everything from common alloy products to aerospace sheet and plate.

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