Constellium mulls capacity hike, cites automotive

Nov 14, 2013 | 05:39 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Constellium, Pierre Vareille, Ravenswood plant, automotive, Ford Motor, F-150, body-in-white, capacity expansion aerospace

CHICAGO — Constellium NV wants to add automotive aluminum capacity in the United States as it foresees a "step change" in demand following what it predicts will be the Ford F-150—the top selling pickup truck in the country—becoming a primarily aluminum vehicle.

Ford Motor Co. uses aluminum in the hood, suspension system and engine components of the F-150, a spokesman for the Dearborn, Mich., automaker told AMM Nov. 14, brushing off speculation about the pickup truck converting to an aluminum vehicle. "We are already the leader in aluminum use in full-size pickups," he said. "And it’s premature to discuss anything that we might use on a future product."

He also declined to reveal who supplies aluminum to the F-150, noting that Ford’s policy is not to discuss sourcing.....

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