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February 1, 2010
Alcoa Honored For Customer-Supplier Relationship by Crown Cork & Seal
Alcoa Rigid Packaging Has Distinction of Being Only Supplier to
Receive Supplier Join-In Award in Consecutive Years
NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that its Rigid Packaging Division was
awarded the “Supplier Join-In Award” from Crown Cork & Seal North
America, for the second consecutive year. Alcoa supplies the packaging
producer with aluminum can sheet from its Warrick (Indiana) Operations
and Tennessee Operations.
Crown created the Supplier Join-In Award to strengthen its
customer-supplier relationships in many areas from innovation to quality
performance. The award is an annual recognition of suppliers
demonstrating the best example of adhering to and exceeding the program
“This recognition goes to the Alcoa employees who worked jointly on
projects to make the supplier relationship stronger, create value for
both companies, and provide opportunities for future innovation,” said
Kent Johnson, Commercial Director, Alcoa Rigid Packaging.
“More than any other aluminum supplier, Alcoa has embraced the key
concepts of our process. During meetings with Alcoa, discussions were
held with dozens of individuals from different parts of the organization
-- Safety, Operations, Quality, Supply Chain, Technical, Marketing,
Sales and Customer Service along with Senior Management. This type of
commitment will lead us to even better performance in 2010,” said
Richard H. Nunn, Vice President of Sourcing, Crown Cork & Seal USA.
Some of the projects completed in 2009 through the program include:
Training - Alcoa provided training classes and technical
support to Crown personnel to better understand beverage can and end
making, as well as the food cans-making process.
Cost Reductions –Joint cost reduction activities, including
weight and gauge reduction, are expected to bring significant savings
to both parties in 2010.
Company Participation - Alcoa’s involvement from all levels of
the organization exemplified its sincere commitment to the partnership.
Alcoa Rigid Packaging serves customers worldwide by providing aluminum
sheet for a wide variety of packaging applications including food and
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