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January 27, 2010
Alcoa Recognized by Honda For Quality
NEW YORK--Alcoa Latin America’s Utinga plant in Santo André, Brazil was recognized
by Honda Motorcycle of Brazil for outstanding quality performance. Alcoa
(NYSE:AA) received Honda’s top quality supplier award following Honda’s
thorough assessment of its supplier network in Latin America over a
Alcoa is the exclusive supplier of extruded aluminum tubes for the rear
suspension of several of Honda’s popular motorcycles, including the
XRE300, CB250 Twister, and the CRF 30F and XR250 Tornado models for the
Latin American market.
A motorcycle’s suspension serves a dual purpose, contributing to the
vehicle’s handling and braking, and providing safety and comfort by
keeping the vehicle’s passengers comfortably isolated from road noise,
bumps and vibrations.
“We are always looking for solutions to improve performance and safety.
By using Alcoa’s lighter, high-strength 7XXX series aluminum alloy in
the suspension system, we improved the motorcycle’s performance
significantly by reducing the weight of the swing arm, meeting our
customer’s expectation,” said Luiz Antonio Azevedo Rosa, Quality
Superintendent for Alcoa Extruded Parts Division, Brazil.
The Utinga plant supplies extrusions to a number of Latin American
market segments, including the ground transportation, industrial
machinery and electrical equipment markets, and consumer goods
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 been named one of the
top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic
Forum in Davos, Switzerland and has been a member of the Dow Jones
Sustainability Index for eight consecutive years. Alcoa employs
approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More
information can be found at www.alcoa.com
Caption: Alcoa’s Utinga plant in Brazil received a quality
supplier award from Honda Motorcycle of Brazil. Alcoa is the exclusive
supplier of extruded aluminum tubes for the rear suspension of several
Honda motorcycles, including the XRE300 pictured here.