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October 14, 2003

Affected Production at Alumar Smelter Begins To Be Restored

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 14, 2003--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today its jointly-owned Alumar plant in Sao Luis, Brazil has begun to resume production and is expected to be operating at full capacity by the end of the year. An electrical outage in July had affected approximately 40% of the production.

Throughout the repair work, Alcoa managed its costs carefully, and the expected financial impact will be minimized to approximately $14 million after tax, with costs split evenly between the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2003. Alumar's alumina production, as well as its remaining aluminum production lines, continues to operate normally.

The Alumar smelter is jointly owned by Alcoa and BHP Billiton and has a nameplate capacity of 370,000 metric tons per year. Alcoa owns 53.66 percent of the facility with the remainder owned by BHP.

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 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, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 127,000 employees in 40 countries. For more information go to