Alcoa to close, curtail about 531,000 tonnes of smelting capacity, 12% of company's total capacity; company says move aims to lower its position on global aluminum cost curve, improve its competitiveness

NEW YORK , January 5, 2012 (press release) – Alcoa AA -1.39% announced today that it intends to close or curtail approximately 531,000 metric tons, or 12 percent of its global smelting capacity, to lower the Company's position on the global aluminum cost curve and improve Alcoa's competitiveness.

The Company will permanently close its smelter in Alcoa, Tennessee, which was curtailed in 2009, along with two of the six idled potlines at its Rockdale, Texas smelter. Together, these closures will reduce Alcoa's global smelting capacity of 4.5 million metric tons per year by 291,000 metric tons, or about 7 percent.

The curtailments, to be announced in the near future, will reduce Alcoa's global smelting capacity by an additional 240,000 metric tons, or about 5 percent.

"These are difficult but necessary steps to improve Alcoa's competitiveness, preserve and grow shareholder value and protect jobs in the rest of the Alcoa system," said Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld.

Aluminum prices have fallen more than 27 percent from their peak in 2011. In addition to the curtailments, the Company will accelerate actions to reduce the escalating cost of raw materials.

Kleinfeld added that Alcoa will work with all affected communities to explore ways to redevelop closed facilities and will consult with employees and work unions/councils impacted by curtailments. "We recognize our responsibility to the people and communities of the affected facilities," he said.

The curtailments are expected to be complete by the first half of 2012. Alcoa's alumina production will be reduced across the global refining system to reflect the final curtailments in smelting as well as prevailing market conditions. The curtailments will contribute to the Company's long-term goal of lowering Alcoa's position on the world aluminum production cost curve by 10 percentage points.

Total restructuring-related charges for fourth quarter 2011, principally composed of the above actions, are expected to be between $155 million and $165 million after-tax, or $0.15 to $0.16 per share, of which approximately 60 percent is non-cash.

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(R) 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 10 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 .

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