International Inc.s new rolling mill in Zhenjiang, China,
continued to ramp up production of commercial heat-treat and
non-heat-treat plate in the third quarter, while
facilities in North America and Europe suffered from production
problems, the company said.
operation recently received American Bureau of Shipping and
ClassNK certifications, the first mill in China to do so, which
should allow it to ship certified plate for marine applications
to the United States, Japan and elsewhere, Aleris chairman and
chief executive officer Steven J. Demetriou said during an
earnings call Nov. 6.
The Zhenjiang mill
also should be qualified to produce aerospace plate in the
second half of 2014, he said. As such, the facility should cast
and process the full portfolio of alloys for its aerospace
customers, Demetriou added.
But in North America,
Aleris has experienced "lingering production issues" at its
wide coating facility in Ashville, Ohio, Demetriou said. The
Cleveland-based company previously said that production
bottlenecks at the site were expected to be resolved in the
third quarter (
amm.com, Aug. 1).
products business in Europe also experienced "suboptimal
operating performance" in the third quarter, Demetriou said,
and the combination of problems in Europe and at Ashville
"limited our ability to deliver the performance and
productivity that we expect."
Aleris plans one-time
maintenance outages in the fourth quarter to alleviate
production bottlenecks and improve customer service at key
global rolled products facilities, he said, although he
didnt the facilities involved.