CHICAGO Constellium has
officially opened its 52-million ($66.4-million)
low-density alloys casthouse in Issoire, France. The downstream
aluminum producer said the new facility will produce the
companys Airware-brand alloys on an industrial scale.
"We believe Airware is a true
game-changer that contributes to delivering a more-efficient,
cost-effective and greener industry," Christophe Villemin,
president of Constelliums global aerospace activities,
said in a statement.
The Issoire casthouse should
also strengthen Constelliums integrated manufacturing
system, which links aerospace plants in Issoire, Ravenswood,
W.Va., and Sierre, Switzerland, the Paris-based company
Boulogne-Billancourt, France, Space Exploration Technologies
Corp., Hawthorne, Calif., and Bombardier Inc., Montreal, are
among the companies that have used Airware, Constellium
"This (Issoire) casthouse
showcases Constelliums ability to support our ambitions,"
Eric Zanin, Airbus senior vice president and chief supply chain
officer for procurement, said in a statement.
Constellium, formerly Alcan
Engineered Products, is owned 51 percent by affiliates of
Apollo Global Management LLC, New York; 39 percent by former
parent company Rio Tinto Plc, London; and 10 percent by Fonds
Stratégique dInvestissement SA, Paris.
In 2010, then-parent Rio Tinto
Alcan Inc. announced plans to invest 42.5 million ($54.8
million) in its Issoire rolling mill and Voreppe research
center in order to expand production of lightweight
aluminum-lithium alloys for the aerospace sector and to develop
new applications for its Airware alloys (
amm.com, July 20, 2010).