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November 8, 2005

AFL Automotive Recognized by President of Mexico for its Employment Practices

TORREON, Coahuila, Mexico--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2005--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that its AFL Automotive business located in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico was recognized by the President of Mexico Vicente Fox as an Inclusive Company for 2005 because of its policy and efforts in employing physically challenged people. AFL Automotive was given the distinction following a visit to Cableados de Norte, AFL Automotive's business in Torreon, by Jorge Eduardo Gonzalez Inurrigarro, Federal Subdelegate of Labor in Torreon, who is involved in the selection of Inclusive companies.

As an Inclusive Company, AFL Automotive is eligible to receive consultation from the Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare and precedence for various human resource training and development programs for a three year period, as well as other privileges, including use of the Inclusive Company logo.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from the President of Mexico. Alcoa's Values are the foundation of our global culture. We work in an environment that embraces respect for the individual, equal opportunity to succeed and to make a positive impact," said Joao San-Martin, Human Resources Director AFL Automotive.

AFL Automotive employs approximately 2,600 associates at Cableados de Norte and a total of 22,600 people throughout Mexico. AFL Automotive produces and distributes electrical distribution systems and other products for the North American light and heavy vehicle 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 named one of the top three most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at