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January 3, 2007

Alcoa Wins Major Contracts for Aluminum Closures in Japan

TOKYO & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa Closure Systems International (CSI) Japan announced today that it is providing 100% of the aluminum closure requirements for two major Japanese companies, beverage producer Suntory and FamilyMart, a major Japanese convenience store chain.

Alcoa is supplying its 38 mm VT-Lok aluminum closures to Suntory for its new alcoholic beverage, “Ginza Cocktail,” introduced in September. In addition, Alcoa has provided 38mm aluminum closures to FamilyMart for its launch of “Iki (fashionably chic)” series of sake brands from Nihon-Sakari, Haku-Tsuru, Gekkeikan, And Sho-Tiku-Bai. Family Mart began selling the sake last October in its 5,500 convenience stores located throughout the country.

“For many years, Alcoa aluminum closures have been considered the product of choice for the global soft drink industry. Selection as the exclusive supplier of closures to these two major companies is a testament to the confidence our customers have in the integrity of our closure products,” said Sadanobu Kawasaki, director, sales and marketing for CSI Japan. “Of special significance, is that Alcoa has won the aluminum closures business for the sake brands, which have converted to an aluminum bottles produced by Takeuchi Press from a glass packages. We are now re-establishing our relationships with the major sake brands, which has been dormant for 10 years.”

About Alcoa CSI

Alcoa Closure Systems International, Inc. (CSI), a part of Alcoa Inc., is recognized as a world leader in closure design, manufacturing and closure application systems. In addition to quality closures and capping equipment, Alcoa CSI provides a global network of technical service and support to all key markets. Major markets include carbonated soft drinks, food, juice and isotonic, bottled water, beer, dairy, wine and distilled spirits, personal care, and automotive fluids. In its 27 locations and offices worldwide, Alcoa CSI employs nearly 3,000 people. The company is guided by principles of strict customer satisfaction, total quality manufacturing and technical service, all tied to specific customer needs.

About Alcoa

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) 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® foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa® wheels, and Baco® household wraps. Among its other businesses are closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 129,000 employees in 44 countries and has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at