Aleris targets Asian aerospace growth

Mar 27, 2014 | 09:26 AM | Andrea Hotter

Tags  Aleris International, aerospace, Zhenjiang, Boeing, Airbus, aluminum, aluminum plate, Johan Petry Asia-Pacific

NEW YORK — The Asian aviation industry is booming. As demand for air travel increases in step with the region’s growing affluence, so too does the need for new commercial aircraft.

Aleris International Inc., an aluminum producer with more than 40 facilities worldwide, is poised to take advantage.

“Asia is, at this moment, the big thing,” Johan Petry, Aleris vice president of aerospace, told AMM. “It’s a big change in the aluminum industry because at this moment there is no real state-of-the-art aluminum supplier for aerospace with operations in Asia. We have an investment in China that is coming on-stream.”

The company’s rolling mill in Zhenjiang, in China’s Jiangsu province, has been built to supply aerospace plate to the Asia-Pacific region, including the country’s domestic market as well as Singapore, Malaysia, India and Japan.

The $350-million hot-rolling mill, formally unveiled in April (, April 25), also is producing commercial plate for the U.S. and European markets. The Beachwood, Ohio-based company is waiting to receive all qualifications before it can supply aerospace plate. ....

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