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February 22, 2011

Alcoa Wheels Recognized with “Top 20” New Product by Heavy Duty Trucking

Wheel Torque Solutions Selected For Revolutionizing the Wheel Changing Process

CLEVELAND--Heavy Duty Trucking recognized Alcoa Wheels, a key supplier to Wheel Torque Solutions, as a “Top 20” new product recently at the TMC Annual Convention in Tampa, Florida. Heavy Duty Trucking editors, in combination with members of the American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC), evaluated hundreds of new products for those that are innovative and likely to contribute to the bottom line by improving safety, fuel economy or efficiency.

As a critical component of Wheel Torque Solutions, Alcoa aluminum wheels help to improve the wheel changing process by providing a more robust mounting surface. In addition, Alcoa aluminum wheels are not susceptible to paint build-up or corrosion resulting in a more dependable fastening interface.

“Our engineering, field service and commercial teams worked with a leading fleet company for nearly two years to develop Wheel Torque Solutions,” stated Mike Parnell, Vice President and General Manager - Alcoa Commercial Vehicle Wheels. “We’re honored that this system has been recognized for improving maintenance procedures and reducing wheel-offs in the commercial transportation market.”

Wheel Torque Solutions, comprised of four leading fleet truck product suppliers, Alcoa Wheels, B&D Cold Heading, Chicago Pneumatic, and ITW CIP, has revolutionized the wheel changing process. Wheel Torque Solutions brings together the optimum nut, bolt, wheels and procedures easing the installation process, increasing torque retention and reducing the potential for costly and dangerous wheel-off incidents.

For more information on Alcoa wheels, visit www.alcoawheels.com. For details on Wheel Torque Solutions, see www.wheeltorquesolutions.com.

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 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.

About Alcoa
Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for nine consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.