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November 25, 2008
Alcoa Transportation Products Celebrates Finalist Status In 2009 Automotive News PACE Award Competition
Prestigious Supplier Credential
CLEVELAND--Alcoa Transportation Products is a finalist in the prestigious 2009
Automotive News PACE Award competition. The 15th annual PACE (Premier
Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence)
Award is presented by Automotive News and co-sponsors Ernst &
Young and Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.).
Alcoa Transportation Products was recognized for its Alcoa Vacuum Die
Casting (AVDC) for Lightweight Door Assemblies developed as an
integrated casting alloy/process/equipment “Systems Solution,” which
provides vehicle manufacturers within the Passenger Auto and Commercial
Transportation market segments the opportunity to maximize the weight
savings (30-35%), part consolidation (60-70% BOM/parts reduction) and
systems cost of Lightweight Door Systems. The integration of Alcoa
Transportation Products (a) patented AVDC casting process, (b)
dimensionally stable high strength/high ductility casting alloys and (c)
large die/part size capability has expanded the lightweight options for
door inner panels beyond multiple piece stamped aluminum or steel sheet
Recognizing superior innovation, technological advancement and business
performance, the Automotive News PACE Award is open to suppliers that
contribute products, processes, materials or services directly to the
manufacture of cars or trucks. The award is accepted around the world as
the industry symbol of innovation.
Alcoa Transportation Products is a finalist in the Product-Europe
category, which includes innovations in new products or services or in
new product and service development and introduction processes that have
significant market impact and act as “game changers” in the automotive
The Automotive News PACE Award also recognizes suppliers’ superiority in
three additional categories: Product, Information Technology and
Services and Manufacturing Process and Capital Equipment.
Alcoa Transportation Products, along with other Automotive News PACE
Award finalists, will undergo an extensive review process – including a
site visit – by industry, academic and business leaders to select award
winners, to be announced in Detroit, Michigan on April 20, 2009.
For complete details of the 2009 Automotive News PACE Award visit www.autonews.com/PACE.
About Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products
Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, headquartered in Cleveland,
Ohio, serves the commercial vehicle, automotive, and defense markets
with products used in a range of applications including cast and forged
aluminum wheels, aluminum space frames, specialized vacuum die cast
products, niche products such as Dura-Bright® and Dura-Flange® wheels
and M-Series™ medium truck wheels, as well as a variety of other
aluminum components for these markets. AWTP is composed of three
divisions: Transportation Products, Commercial Vehicle Wheels, and
Automotive Wheels. It employs 2,800 people at 30 locations worldwide.
Alcoa (NYSE: AA) 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, structures 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 www.alcoa.com.