Kaiser sees strong aero, auto demand

Jul 25, 2013 | 07:16 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Kaiser Aluminum Corp., aluminum, aluminum-lithium alloys, market outlook, Jack Hockema, aerospace market, automotive market, lightweighting aluminum extrusions

CHICAGO — Kaiser Aluminum Corp. will continue to boost capacity as it looks to seize expected growth in the automotive and aerospace sectors, Kaiser chairman, president and chief executive officer Jack Hockema said during a conference call July 25.

The Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based aluminum company can, for example, supply aluminum-lithium applications to the aerospace sector from a developmental caster at its plant in Newark, Ohio, Hockema said.

"We can supply aluminum lithium today, and we could grow that," Hockema said. "It’s really a matter of casting. ... If the market ever develops to be a substantial (one), we will make the investments required to participate."....

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