International Inc. has officially opened its new, $350-million
hot rolling mill in Zhenjiang, China, which the company
described as the largest capital project in its history.
The Beachwood, Ohio-based
aluminum firm said April 25 that the mill will produce advanced
value-added aluminum aimed at serving commercial aerospace and
commercial plate customers.
The Zhenjiang operation is
expected to have 250,000 tonnes of capacity, with the
facility producing 35,000 tonnes of value-added commercial
plate products in its first phase for end-use markets in
engineering, transportation, ship-building and air-separation
units, the company said.
Shipments of commercial plate
orders are already underway, as is the qualification process
with major aircraft manufacturers, Aleris said. The company
expects to be shipping aircraft material in the second half of
The global aircraft fleet is
expected to double by 2031, with 35 percent of that growth in
Asia, a key market for Aleris, the company said. China is
forecast to become the worlds second-largest aviation
market with demand for civil aircraft slated to triple over the
next 20 years, Aleris said.
Aleris said in August that the
$350-million greenfield aerospace rolling mill in Zhenjiang
would be completed by the end of 2012 with plate production
expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013 (
amm.com, Aug. 2).