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Mitsubishi Aluminium to boost U.S. capacity

Keywords: Tags  Mitsubishi Alumuinum, production capacity, Thermalex, aluminum alloys, automotive

TOKYO — Mitsubishi Aluminium Co will spend 1.7 billion yen ($20 million) to increase production capacity in the United States and Thailand, the company has said.

The Tokyo-based company plans to spend nearly 950 million yen on Thermalex Inc., its subsidiary in Alabama, to install a state-of-the-art press for processing heat exchanger parts. The factory’s annual output capacity is expected to rise 13,000 tonnes from 10,000 tonnes by November 2014.

Aluminium alloys are used in heat exchangers as they provide high heat transfer efficiency.

The company will also spend 790 million yen by August 2014 to boost output at its Thailand plant by 50 percent to 7,200 tonnes per year.
Demand for heat exchangers has been growing as a result of brisk automobile production in North America and Southeast Asia, with output in the two regions expected to continue growing at an annual rate of 4 to 6 percent, the company noted.

In addition, more air conditioner manufacturers are switching from copper to cheaper aluminium parts.

A version of this article was first published in AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.

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