Alcoa Opens State of the Art Aluminum Wheel Facility in Suzhou, China

  Alcoa Opens State of the Art Aluminum Wheel Facility in Suzhou, China

                   Grand Opening Celebration Set for Today

Business Wire

SUZHOU, Jiangsu Province, China & CLEVELAND -- December 13, 2012

Alcoa (NYSE: AA) today announced that its Alcoa Wheel and Transportation
(AWTP) business is opening a production facility in Suzhou, China, marking an
expansion that creates a full wheel manufacturing, distribution, sales and
service network in China. This facility brings to China Alcoa’s
industry-leading forged aluminum wheel technology that manufactures lighter,
stronger and more fuel efficient commercial truck, trailer and bus wheels.
This is the first wheel manufacturing facility Alcoa has opened in China,
adding to the list of existing wheel facilities in North America, Europe and

“With the growth of China’s infrastructure and the success Alcoa’s wheel
products have seen in the Chinese market over the past several years, it was a
natural choice to further expand our global manufacturing footprint by
building a facility that could manufacture our products locally,” said Tim
Myers, President, Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products. The plant, which is
currently up and running with a trained work force, machines and finishes
forged aluminum wheels for commercial vehicles. Forged wheels are made from
solid metal providing an aligned grain structure with four times the strength
of cast wheels. Cast wheels are made from molten metal and subject to porosity
or tiny air bubbles in the wheel.

AWTP has had a presence in China since 2004, when it began selling wheels out
of Shanghai. Since then, the business has grown to include an employee base in
Guangzhou, Beijing, Jinan and Suzhou. Through additions to our distribution
network earlier this year, Alcoa has built a robust sales and service presence
capable of supporting all of China.

“We are thrilled that our new facility is located in Wuzhong, part of the
Suzhou municipal district, a city currently seeing enormous growth,” Myers
said. “We have received tremendous support from the Suzhou Wuzhong Economic
Development Zone and local governments. Their professionalism and guidance
greatly facilitated the establishment of the business and allowed Alcoa to
commence operations ahead of schedule.”

To commemorate this milestone for AWTP, a grand opening ceremony is set for
today to be attended by customers, distributors and other honored guests. For
additional details on this event, please contact Shauna Huang at

About Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products

Alcoa Wheel & Transportation Products, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio,
serves the commercial vehicle, automotive, and defense markets with products
used in a range of applications including forged aluminum wheels, premium
products such as Dura-Bright®, Dura-Flange®, LvL ONE® and M-Series™ medium
truck wheels, as well as a variety of other aluminum components for these
markets. AWTP is composed of three divisions: Commercial Vehicle Wheels,
Forged Specialty Wheels and Transportation Products. It employs 1,500 people
at 13 locations worldwide. More information can be found at

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as
well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In
addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has
been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building
and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and
industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets
are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as
Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and
building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as
titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of
Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides
to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
for 11 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum
ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs
approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information
can be found at


Investor Contact:
Kelly Pasterick, 212-836-2674
Media Contacts:
Libby Archell, 212-836-2719
Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products
Sarah Factor, 216-641-4381
Alcoa Asia Pacific
Shauna Huang, +86 10 5921 5006
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