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Bonnell picks Presezzi, Turla to build auto extrusion line

Keywords: Tags  Bonnell Aluminum, Ira Endres, Tredegar, Presezzi Extrusion, Turla, automotive, extrusion, Newnan Ga.

CHICAGO — Bonnell Aluminum Inc. has contracted Presezzi Extrusion SpA and Turla Srl to build an extrusion line aimed at serving expected demand growth from the automotive sector.

Milan, Italy-based Presezzi Extrusion will build a short-stroke 3,600-ton aluminum press with a 9-inch diameter container, Bonnell director of sales and marketing Ira Endres said in a statement March 12. Brescia, Italy-based Turla will supply handling and log heating systems, Endres said.

Newnan, Ga.-based Bonnell Aluminum, a subsidiary of Tredegar Corp., Richmond, Va., said it expects growing demand for aluminum extruded parts in cars and light trucks because of stricter emissions and fuel economy standards.

Bonnell in February revealed plans to spend $17 million to expand extrusion capabilities at its Newnan site (, Feb. 12).

Building expansion and equipment ordering are under way, with start-up planned for early 2014, the company said. The new press will be the fifth at the Newnan location.

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