NEW YORK Aleris International Inc. has received approval to produce aluminum plate for aircraft at its new rolling mill in Zhenjiang, China.
The audit for the AS 9100 certification was performed by the Chinese branch of the German certification body TÜV SÜD, the Cleveland-based aluminum products maker said Jan. 15.
The AS 9100 certification represents a key milestone in the qualification process for the production of aircraft material, Aleris China president John Zhu said in a statement.
Aleris said it expects to begin shipping aircraft material in the second half of 2014, with qualification programs already under way with major manufacturers.
Once the qualification process is complete, Aleris Zhenjiang is expected to be one of the first facilities in the Asia-Pacific region equipped to produce aluminum plate for the major global aircraft manufacturers, Aleris said. Since opening last year, Aleris Zhenjiang has been shipping orders for commercial plate customers globally in the engineering, transportation, shipbuilding, and air separation sectors, the company said.
In addition to achieving the AS 9100 accreditation, the Zhenjiang plant has also received approval from certification societies including TÜV, the American Bureau of Shipping, ClassNK, and Bureau Veritas to supply products into shipbuilding, silo, pressure vessel and other markets, Aleris said.
Aleris opened its $350-million hot rolling mill in Zhenjiang last year (amm.com, April 25). The company has since ramped up production of both heat-treat and non-heat-treat plate and had expected aerospace qualifications to be in hand by the second half of 2013 (amm.com, Nov. 6).