Kaiser still mulling automotive sheet

Nov 22, 2013 | 10:28 AM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Kaiser Aluminum, Jack Hockema, Trentwood plant, aerospace, plate, aluminum lithium, automotive, extrusion aluminum sheet

CHICAGO — Kaiser Aluminum Corp. hasn’t ruled out expanding into automotive sheet, but don’t expect an announcement soon, the company’s top executive said.

"At this point, we have not made a decision to go there. But it doesn’t mean that we won’t go there," Kaiser chairman, president and chief executive officer Jack A. Hockema said Nov. 20 during Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s annual Global Metals and Mining Conference in New York, which was also broadcast online.

One thing the Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based aluminum products maker won’t do is use its Trentwood facility in Spokane, Wash., to serve the automotive sector, Hockema said. That operation will continue to meet demand from the aerospace market, he added.....

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