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March 29, 2011

Alcoa Products on First Aluminum Petroleum Road Tanker in Indonesia

FUSINA, Italy & SURABAYA, Indonesia & NEW YORK--The first aluminum petroleum road tanker produced in Indonesia took to the highway recently made with Alcoa’s heavy gauge aluminum shate product and rolling on Alcoa aluminum truck wheels.

5182 RoadTanker ShateG1, a combined sheet and plate product of a specific thickness, was developed by Alcoa Mill Products Europe for road tankers that transport hazardous freight. PT. MECO INOXPRIMA, one of the largest suppliers of liquid propane gas (LPG) storage and LPG transport tanks in Indonesia, is the first company to produce the aluminum tank transporter in the country.

Alcoa’s 5182 RoadTanker ShateG1 is an improved version of 5182 shate with properties that meet international standards for safety, load and operation. Alcoa’s Fusina, Italy, plant has supplied shate to Meco since the company began working on the prototype two years ago. The machine-finished aluminum truck wheels were produced at Alcoa’s operations in Székesfehérvár, Hungary, and were delivered by Alcoa Wheel Products Asia.

“Meco has made history being the pioneer in the aluminum road tanker business in Indonesia. At the same time it is creating a positive environmental impact, because the energy-efficient, lightweight aluminum tankers will result in lower emissions, and because aluminum is infinitely recyclable,” said Ingrid Muehlboeck, President, Alcoa European Mill Products.

“Using the Alcoa RTS eValuator, a tool created for customers to calculate their savings, it is easy to visualize that aluminum can allow savings up to 1900 liters (502 gallons) of fuel per year. This means a reduction of 78 tons of CO2 emissions over the lifetime of each vehicle.”

“Meco aims to continuously improve to meet our customers’ needs,” said Subjahta Widjaja, President Director of PT. MECO INOXPRIMA. “With an aluminum petroleum tanker we are assured there will be no fuel contamination, and our customers are realizing fuel savings and lower maintenance cost, while carrying heavier loads.” Mr. Widjaja added that Meco is cognizant in assuring the quality of its products and in complying with International UN-ADR (United Nations – Assessment of Development) standards and road regulations.

Meco is supplying the new aluminum petroleum road tanker to several customers, including oil and gas companies transporting PT. PERTAMINA’s fuel products.

Alcoa supplies its 5182TankerShateG1 to customers worldwide for construction of road tankers for storing and transporting dangerous goods. Alcoa wheels are used by customers worldwide in the commercial transportation, automotive and defense markets.

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.