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September 20, 2007

Alcoa Launches Innovation Web Site to Showcase Technology Solutions for Design Engineers

PITTSBURGH--Alcoa announced today that it has launched a new technology web with rich, detailed scientific information on aluminum and other light metal technology that will help design engineers develop new products.

The Web site, www.alcoa.com/innovation, taps Alcoa’s 121-year leadership in light metal technology and features a growing database of Alcoa’s patents and scientific research papers. For the first time, scientists, engineers and product development specialists will be able to search the Alcoa technology library for solutions in metal coating, casting forming, alloys, structure and design to develop new applications. For instance, an aerospace engineer could locate new breakthroughs in aluminum-lithium alloy technology to support a lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft design. A consumer electronics designer could discover new solutions in finish and color to add style to a new personal computer or cell phone product. Or an automotive engineer could find data on Alcoa innovations in fuel cell, crash management and sustainable automotive design.

The site also highlights Alcoa’s global innovation network of collaboration with universities and external partners. This network helps Alcoa deliver the solutions that customers demand faster, more efficiently and more in line with customer needs

Alcoa’s global technology organization is comprised of thousands of scientists, engineers and researchers around the world dedicated to discovering and developing the next generation of Alcoa products, processes and services. Alcoa’s R&D network is connected globally to research centers and universities in Russia, China, India, Europe and the United States.

Founded on the innovative spirit of Charles Martin Hall and his patent that sparked the entire aluminum industry, Alcoa has more than 2,600 active patents today. The company also supports the world’s largest light metals research and development center, the Alcoa Technical center. Alcoa annually invests approximately 1% of its revenues in R&D.

About Alcoa Technology

Alcoa’s global technology organization is comprised of thousands of scientists, engineers and researchers around the world dedicated to discovering and developing the next-generation of Alcoa products, processes and services. Alcoa’s scientific community is connected globally to research centers and universities in Russia, China, India, Europe and the United States. Founded on the innovative spirit of Charles Martin Hall and his patent that sparked the entire aluminum industry, Alcoa has more than 2,600 active patents today. The company also owns the world’s largest light metals research and development center. Alcoa annually invests approximately 1% of its revenues in R&D, which is helping to build a foundation for Alcoa’s future.

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 including flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, structures and building systems. The company has 122,000 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 www.alcoa.com.