Alcoa and Exal Combine Efforts to Promote Water Purification System New Technology to Be Unveiled at G-20 Summit

September 21, 2009

PITTSBURGH & YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio--Alcoa (NYSE: AA), the world leader in the production and management of primary aluminum, and Exal Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of specialized aluminum packaging, have joined together to help promote newly developed water purification technology set to be introduced prior to the G-20 Summit. The event will be held at the Carnegie Science Center starting at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 23.

With aluminum supplied by Alcoa, Exal utilized its revolutionary Coil-To-Can (C2C) aluminum container technology to create a promotional bottle for Pittsburgh-based Project Eviive. During the meeting of world leaders, the non-profit group will use the aluminum bottle to help unveil a system that it believes will alleviate the world’s growing fresh water crisis. The water purification technology, developed by Epiphany Solar Water Systems, utilizes solar energy to distill unclean water in a way that is simple, inexpensive, and sustainable.

Project Eviive called on Alcoa and Exal to create an aluminum container that would not only be impactful, but would help convey its mission. Because of its lower impact on the environment and high degree of sustainability, Exal’s C2C technology was the perfect choice for the project. C2C is an innovative hybridized technology that marries the manufacturing speed and light weighting of standard (drawn & ironed) beverage can technology with the dynamic shaping technology originally available only with heavier walled extruded aluminum containers. Because of their lighter weight, containers made via C2C use less fossil fuel throughout the logistics chain, producing fewer transport-related carbon dioxide emissions than heavier packaging formats. Exal’s C2C process also utilizes post-consumer recycled aluminum as a raw material and finished C2C containers are infinitely recyclable. Because the C2C process incorporates high-speed production lines less energy usage per container is required.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world leader in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined, through its active and growing participation 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 to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components including flat-rolled products, hard-alloy extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems. The company has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for eight consecutive years. Alcoa employs approximately 63,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at

About Exal

Exal Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer of extruded aluminum packaging. The company also offers innovative coil-based metal packaging container options in North America and Europe and is the leading independent contract manufacturer of aerosol products and liquids in Latin America. The company’s manufacturing facilities are located in Youngstown, OH, Argentina, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Poland and Mexico. More information is available at

About Epiphany SWS

Epiphany Solar Water Systems is a solar energy technology company specializing in the design of systems that purify both fresh and salt water using concentrated solar power. Its first line of water purification systems focus on simplicity and portability. Epiphany seeks to provide simple, low cost sustainable water purification to not just the developing world but to any community or organization that has a need to provide clean water without wires. Epiphany is located in New Castle, PA. More information is available at

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