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September 3, 2003
AFL Telecommunication Recipient of R&D 100 Award for Innovative Product
SPARTANBURG, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 3, 2003--AFL
Telecommunications, a part of Alcoa Inc. and Fujikura Ltd. of Japan,
was a member of an industry team lead by 3M Company that won an R&D
100 Award from R&D magazine, the premier research and development
magazine in the U.S. The annual awards recognize the most significant
new products introduced into the marketplace in the past year.
AFL's Alcoa Conductor Accessories group was recognized for the
development of compression accessories specifically for 3M's composite
conductor power-line cables, know as Aluminum Composite Conductor
Reinforced (ACCR) cable. These Alcoa-developed accessories are
specially engineered to provide improved heat dissipation and operate
25%-30% cooler than the conductor, thereby extending the conductor's
Alcoa Conductor Accessories now develops a full line of
compression accessories for 3M's ACCR conductors and has applied for a
U.S. patent for this new product line.
AFL Telecommunications will receive the R&D 100 award during
ceremonies to be held in Chicago on October 16, 2003.
The winning of an R&D 100 Awards provides a mark of excellence
known to industry, government, and academia as proof that the product
is one of the most innovative ideas of the year.
About AFL Telecommunications
Alcoa's AFL Telecommunications is an industry leader in providing
fiber optic products, engineering expertise and integrated services to
the Electric Utility, Broadband, Telco, OEM, Private Network and
Wireless markets. It has operations in the U.S., Mexico and the U.K.
About Alcoa Conductor Accessories
Alcoa Conductor Accessories (ACA), a division of AFL
Telecommunications, is one of the world's foremost suppliers of
aluminum conductor accessories. Product offerings include compression
fittings for transmission conductors, bus conductor, substation
accessories, motion control devices, joint compounds, hydraulic tools,
Alumoweld(R) and Copperweld(R). In addition to manufactured products,
ACA offers engineering, training and testing services.
Alcoa (NYSE:AA) 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 as a single solution to customers.
In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets
consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap(R) aluminum foil, 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 127,000
employees in 40 countries. For more information go to www.alcoa.com