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.
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
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
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
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).