Alcoa Update to Smelter Ramp-up at Ma’aden-Alcoa Joint Venture

October 16, 2013

Alcoa (NYSE: AA) today announced that the smelter at the Ma’aden-Alcoa
joint venture, which remains in initial start-up phase, has halted
production on one of two potlines.

The temporary shutdown was undertaken after a period of pot instability.
The joint venture is actively working to restore the potline, and it is
expected to be completed and back online between the first and second
quarter of 2014.

The ramp-up of the second potline was ongoing and will now be

There is not expected to be any impact to Alcoa’s customers.

There is no impact to any other part of the joint venture project,
including the mine, refinery and rolling mill, which all remain on

For more information on the Ma’aden-Alcoa joint venture project visit:

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 125 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 12 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 30
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About the Ma’aden Alcoa joint venture

In its initial phases, the joint venture will develop a fully integrated
industrial complex which will become the world’s preeminent and
lowest-cost producer of primary aluminum, alumina and aluminum products,
with access to the growing markets of the Middle East and beyond. The
complex comprises:

  • A bauxite mine with an initial capacity of 4,000,000 metric tons per
  • An alumina refinery with an initial capacity of 1,800,000 metric tons
    per year
  • An aluminum smelter with an initial capacity of 740,000 metric tons
    per year
  • A rolling mill with initial capacity of 380,000 metric tonnes per year.

It will be the first in the Middle East capable of producing food grade
can sheet, as well as sheet for automotive, building and construction
applications. Upon completion, the mill will be one of the most
technically-advanced mills in the world.

Forward-Looking Statements

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expectations and as such constitute forward-looking statements within
the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Forward-looking statements include those containing such words as
“anticipates,” “estimates,” “expects,” “should,” “targets,” “will,” or
other words of similar meaning. All statements that reflect Alcoa’s
expectations, assumptions or projections about the future other than
statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including,
without limitation, forecasts concerning global demand growth for
aluminum, targeted operating performance or schedules for completion and
start-up of growth projects, and statements about Alcoa’s strategies,
outlook, and business and financial prospects. Forward-looking
statements are subject to a number of known and unknown risks,
uncertainties, and other factors and are not guarantees of future
performance. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking
statements include: (a) material adverse changes in aluminum industry
conditions; (b) deterioration in global economic and financial market
conditions generally; (c) unfavorable changes in the markets served by
Alcoa; (d) the unavailability or interruption of energy supplies, or
increases in energy costs, including electricity, natural gas, and fuel
oil; (e) increases in the costs of other raw materials; (f) unexpected
events, unplanned outages, supply disruptions, or failure of equipment
or processes to meet specifications; (g) the risks associated with large
infrastructure construction projects; (h) Alcoa’s inability to achieve
the level of revenue growth, cash generation, cost savings, improvement
in profitability and margins, fiscal discipline, or strengthening of
competitiveness and operations (including moving its alumina refining
and aluminum smelting businesses down on the industry cost curves and
increasing revenues in its Global Rolled Products and Engineered
Products and Solutions segments) anticipated from its restructuring
programs, productivity improvement, cash sustainability, and other
initiatives; (i) Alcoa’s inability to realize expected benefits, in each
case as planned and by targeted completion dates, from newly
constructed, expanded, or acquired facilities, or from international
joint ventures, including the joint venture in Saudi Arabia; (j)
political, economic, and regulatory risks in the countries in which
Alcoa operates or sells products, including unfavorable changes in laws
and governmental policies, civil unrest, or other events beyond Alcoa’s
control; (k) the outcome of contingencies, including legal proceedings,
government investigations, and environmental remediation; (l) the
business or financial condition of key customers, suppliers, and
business partners; and (m) the other risk factors summarized in Alcoa’s
Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and other reports filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Alcoa disclaims any
obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether in
response to new information, future events or otherwise, except as
required by applicable law.

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