Alcoa Defense Wins Contract to Supply Austal Sheet and Plate

September 27, 2010

WASHINGTON--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that it has won a contract to supply 5XXX-series alloy sheet and plate through 2014 for all AUSTAL USA vessels, including commercial ships and U.S. Navy ships such as the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) and all future platforms.

“We are pleased that Austal, the world’s premier aluminum shipbuilder, has selected Alcoa aluminum for its next-generation naval vessels,” said David Dobson, president, Alcoa Defense. “In the past three years, we have established Alcoa Defense as the leading provider of aluminum products and design services that reduce weight and enhance the performance of Navy ships.”

The marine sheet and plate will be produced at Alcoa’s Davenport (Iowa) Works. In addition to supplying marine sheet and plate for military vessels, Alcoa also will supply products for Austal’s commercial vessels. The materials will be provided through Pierce Aluminum, Austal’s chosen service center for management of sheet and plate logistics.

“One of the reasons Austal selected Alcoa aluminum for this critical supply contract is the unmatched dimensional capabilities of our rolling mills – delivering the widest range of sizes available in the industry,” said Brian Pendrak, market manager of industrial products for Alcoa’s North American Rolled Products division, which is producing the materials.

About Alcoa Defense
Alcoa Defense partners with industry leaders to design systems and materials that increase the speed, reach, agility and survivability of military platforms. In addition to delivering lightweight, innovative solutions in multiple product forms, Alcoa Defense manufactures subassemblies, prototypes and complete aluminum structures that original equipment manufacturers can integrate into their platforms for land, air and sea. More information can be found at

About Alcoa
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and 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 nine consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at

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