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October 31, 2007

Alcoa's Kawneer Business Expands Global Market Opportunities; Opens New Offices in Singapore and United Kingdom

NORCROSS, Ga.--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today the opening of two new offices in the United Kingdom and Singapore of its Alcoa Building and Construction Systems’ Kawneer business. Kawneer is the leading manufacturer of architectural aluminum products and systems for the commercial construction industry.

The offices will serve the Kawneer Global Special Projects division (KGSP), which specializes in landmark unitized curtain wall projects, which feature factory fabrication, panel assembly and glazing, with completed units hung onto the structures to form the building enclosure. KGSP is the single source solution for all phases of a project, including design, engineering and project management.

This is the first Kawneer facility in Singapore, and will support selling activities in Southeast Asia, Australia and India.

The new Birmingham office is Kawneer’s third location in the U.K.; it also has facilities in Runcorn and London. The Birmingham office will support KGSP marketing activity in the U.K. and Ireland.

Based in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Toronto, Canada, KGSP’s extensive experience on major international projects spans more than 200 projects and 36 countries. The group begins work early in the design stage, collaborating with owners, architects and general contractors to design and develop custom unitized systems that can help achieve the most ambitious of visions. Unitized curtain walls offer the advantages of speed, a controlled environment and lower field installation costs, particularly when compared to stick systems, which typically involve jobsite installation and glazing. Highlights of the KGSP portfolio include The Trump International Hotel and Tower at Waikiki Beachwalk, Atlantis III in Nassau, Bahamas, YVR Terminal in Vancouver, B.C., and many more.

For more information on KGSP, please visit http://www.kawneergsp.com

About Kawneer

With more than 100 years of innovation and experience, Kawneer North America is headquartered in Norcross, GA, and is the leading manufacturer of architectural aluminum products and systems for the commercial construction industry. Kawneer is part of Alcoa’s global Building and Construction Systems (BCS) business unit headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Alcoa BCS manufactures and markets architectural systems and products in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. 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. For more information on Kawneer or its products, please visit www.kawneer.com.

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 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 116,000 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