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March 6, 2007

Alcoa Flexible Packaging Introduces Safety-Pak(R) Plus - a New Family of Consumer-Friendly, Child-Resistant Blister Lidding - at Interphex 2007, Booth 755

RICHMOND, Va.--Alcoa Flexible Packaging, a leading pharmaceutical packaging supplier, is pleased to provide three specifications within its Safety-Pak® Plus line of trusted Safety-Pak blister lidding specifications. Safety-Pak Plus PP is Alcoa’s peel-push version of this consumer-friendly, child-resistant specification. It utilizes the traditional CR opening process, but provides the ability for a full-panel-peel without tearing, making this child-resistant material much easier for an adult consumer to open. Safety-Pak Plus PL lidding offers a child-resistant, peelable opening process developed for fragile pharmaceuticals or unique drug delivery medication systems. Safety-Pak Plus LT is Alcoa’s “lock-tight” lidding specification providing the ultimate in child-resistant lidding. Safety-Pak Plus LT requires a tool, such as scissors, for accessing drugs that require an F-1 rating.

All three Safety-Pak Plus specifications utilize the same exterior film that provides a higher quality printing substrate than paper, thereby enhancing brand graphics. The 200 gauge white polyester film is compatible with solvent-based, water-based and CSAT inks, and in-line printing processes. Safety-Pak Plus® offers a broader sealing window that allows for secure seals at lower temperatures, a benefit to temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals; this also adds valuable seal processing latitude for high speed rotary sealing equipment. All Alcoa Safety-Pak Plus blister lidding specifications are available in trial quantities, unprinted, in as little as two weeks.

Alcoa Flexible Packaging will be providing daily demonstrations of Safety-Pak® Plus at Interphex 2007, April 24 – 27, Booth 755, at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:30 PM daily. Alcoa Flexible Packaging will also be exhibiting its extensive packaging options including Safety-Pak® & Drug-Pak® blister lidding, Alcoa Cold Form™ 3000 blister materials, printed shrink sleeve labels, pouch materials, tamper evident bands, foil overwraps, custom thermoformed packaging and Reynolon® shrink film overwraps. In addition, Alcoa Flexible Packaging will be offering its new Alcoa AdvantageSM program, a premium customer service program that provides speed-to-market benefits with sheet samples and trial rolls of Alcoa’s proven industry-standard materials delivered within days for evaluation, backed by Alcoa’s experienced, professional technical support.

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, shrink film and laminated foil. These packaging materials serve the world’s leading consumer products manufactures within the pharmaceutical, medical, food & beverage, and industrial markets.

About Alcoa

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina, 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 as a single solution to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap® aluminum foil, Alcoa® wheels, and Baco® household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 123,000 employees in 44 countries and has been named one of the top three most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.