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October 8, 2002
Alcoa Earns 2002 ASM International Engineering Materials Achievement Award
UPPER BURRELL, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 8, 2002--Alcoa announced
today that ASM International(R) has named Alcoa the recipient of its
2002 Engineering Materials Achievement Award. This award recognizes
outstanding developments in the application of materials in products
that benefit industry, the consumer, and society as a whole.
ASM International(R) is the global society for materials engineers
and scientists, a world renown network dedicated to advancing the
understanding and application of engineered materials and their
research, design, reliable manufacture, use, and economic and social
benefits (www.asminternational.org). Previous winners include General
Electric, General Motors, Boeing, IBM, 3M, Hewlett Packard and DuPont.
Alcoa was recognized for development and application of new
aluminum alloy products for commercial aircraft. These alloys offer
airframers enhanced strength, corrosion resistance, and fracture
resistance allowing them to improve aircraft performance. They also
set the standard for future aircraft design.
"Alcoa is extremely proud to receive this award. The development
of these alloys exemplifies the breadth and depth of the fundamental
understanding Alcoa's people possess in metallurgical composition,
processing, structure, properties, and performance, as well as the
type of organic product development that results from close customer
working relationships," said John W. Collins III, Alcoa's executive
vice president of science and technology.
Of the five alloy products recognized:
- Four have become the industry standard for upper wing
structures and fuselage structure supports due to their unique
combination of strength, corrosion resistance, and fracture
- One has become the industry standard for fuselage skins due to
superior damage tolerance.
These properties enhance aircraft safety while saving thousands of
pounds of weight for airframers contributing to better fuel economy.
Alcoa has been developing materials to improve the economics and
performance of the aerospace industry since the dawn of flight and has
developed more than 95% of all aluminum alloys flying today.
Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum,
fabricated aluminum and alumina, and is active 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, Alcoa also markets consumer brands
including Reynolds Wrap(R) products, Alcoa(R) wheels, and Baco(R)
household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding,
closures, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for
cars and trucks. The company has 129,000 employees in 38 countries.