The Alcoa Advantage increases our competitiveness by leveraging company-wide technology innovations, customer relationships, purchasing power, operating systems and the talent that underpins our global company.

That parental advantage consists of five major levers.


We run the world’s largest light metals research facility outside of Pittsburgh— with similar hubs around the world—that gives our customers a competitive edge.

Customer Intimacy

We drive Alcoa’s commercial advantage by partnering with our customers through the product development cycle to innovate differentiated products that the market wants.


By leveraging our $18 billion in annual global spend and best-in-class procurement strategies, we create a unique competitive advantage for all our businesses.

Operating System

Using standardized processes, consistent metrics, terminology and frameworks, we remove complexity to optimize performance across Alcoa.


Our people are our true sustainable advantage. We recruit, develop and retain diverse talent, sourcing approximately one third of manager-level personnel from across business segments in 2013, ensuring cross-pollination of knowledge and continued people development.