Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Alcoa Fastening Systems Donates $25,000 For Solar Car Project

TORRANCE, Calif. — Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS) is continuing its sponsorship and support of the award-winning University of Michigan Solar Car Team. In addition to continued financial support with a $25,000 donation, AFS provides technical support, installation tools, and engineered fasteners that are generally used for high tech aerospace applications.

"We are very happy to play a key role in the success of the U of M program," said Rick Sharpe, SVP of Aerospace Customers and Marketing for AFS. "This fine young team continues to push the envelope in design, integration of highly engineered materials, and advanced assembly techniques which is what we specialize in, so it is a natural fit.”

The University of Michigan Solar Car Team is a non-profit, student-run organization whose purpose is to design, finance, build, and race a solar-powered vehicle in competitions around North America and the world. The team is dedicated to the development of its members as teammates, educators, and leaders, and to the education of our community on the potentials of alternative energy technology.

Alcoa Fastening Systems, a business unit of Alcoa, is a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of fastening systems, specialty fasteners, components, and installation systems for aerospace and commercial product assembly. Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., the company has 6,600 employees, and manufactures at 19 locations in 9 countries. AFS also operates 7 worldwide distribution/logistics centers.

Solar energy continues to be one of the best untapped power sources, and the U of M Solar Car Team is pushing the envelope, thanks to the support of companies like Alcoa Fastening Systems. Perhaps solar powered cars will be the preferred transportation of tomorrow.

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