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May 2, 2008

Ball and Alcoa Help Deliver Latest in Can Innovation

Company that Invented the Pull-Top Aluminum Can Helps Debut the First-Ever Vented Can

NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE:AA), the company that invented the pull-top aluminum can, announced today that it has worked with Ball Corporation and Coors Brewing Company to introduce the Vented Wide Mouth Can – the industry’s first-ever can with a built-in vent that enables consumers to enjoy a smoother pour.

“In 1962, Alcoa invented the first pull-top aluminum can, which revolutionized the beer and soft drink industries,” said Ann Whitty, Vice President and General Manager of Alcoa Rigid Packaging Division. “This latest invention allows consumers to drink beer out of a can while enjoying a smoother pour, delivering a draft-like experience by reducing the vacuum.”

Alcoa, Ball and Coors worked to develop the 204 diameter Vented Wide Mouth end Testing and trials were conducted at Alcoa and Ball to deliver the invention.

Coors Brewing Company and Ball Corporation are joint venture partners of Rocky Mountain Metal Container, LLC, and jointly operate Coors' can and end facilities in Golden, Colo., one of the largest aluminum can manufacturing facilities in the world. The 204 Vented Wide Mouth Can ends for Coors are produced in Golden, Colo.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world leader in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined, through its active and growing participation 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, and building systems. The Company has 97,000 employees in 34 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