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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 goals.

“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 beverage containers.

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 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