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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 life.

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.

About Alcoa

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