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Constellium unveils new crash technology

Keywords: Tags  Constellium, crash-management systems, CMS, aluminum, Paul Warton, Ford, Chrysler, BMW General Motors

NEW YORK — Constellium NV has launched new aluminum high-strength crash-management system (CMS) technology designed for enhanced structural protection in collisions.

The technology will enable the production of an aluminum CMS 15-percent lighter and 10-percent stronger than current aluminum systems, the company said in a Feb. 20 press release.

A CMS is the structural module consisting of the bumper and related attachments that connect to the longitudinal beams of a vehicle. In recent years, automakers have aimed to use systems made from high-strength aluminum alloy rather than steel largely due to a global push toward lighter, more-fuel-efficient vehicles.

"As a leading supplier of automotive crash-management systems with both engineering and manufacturing capabilities in Europe, China and the United States, Constellium is continuously developing innovative technologies and products to further increase the use of aluminum extrusions in the automotive market," Paul Warton, president of Constellium’s automotive structures and industry business unit, said in a statement.

The announcement comes as global aluminum usage in the automotive sector continues to grow exponentially. By 2018, the company expects aluminum to capture about 30 percent of the CMS market in Europe and 20 percent in the United States. Combined aluminum CMS production for China, Europe and North America is expected to reach more than 28 million units by 2018, the company said.

Constellium has said that its customers in the automotive sector include Chrysler Group LLC, Auburn Hills, Mich.; Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich.; General Motors Co., Detroit; Audi AG, Ingolstadt, Germany; BMW AG, Munich; and Daimler AG, Stuttgart, Germany (, May 13).

Constellium develops aluminum products primarily for the aerospace, automotive and packaging markets. The company, which is based in Amsterdam with operational headquarters in Paris and Zurich, operates 24 manufacturing sites worldwide.

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