COMPANY TO PROVIDE CRITICAL ALUMINUM MATERIALS FOR FULL RANGE OF
AIRCRAFT INCLUDING A380
PARIS, France, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan has signed a new long-term
agreement to supply Airbus with a variety of high-performance aluminum
products, including plate, sheet, stringer, and small extrusions and tubes,
for the full range of Airbus' aircraft programs, including the A380 and the
new A350 XWB. Specific terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"This agreement underscores Alcan's position as the largest supplier of
aluminum products to Airbus and the importance of the aerospace market segment
to Alcan's strong business portfolio. We are very proud of the successful
continuation of our long-standing cooperation with one of the world's leading
aircraft manufacturers," said Christel Bories, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Alcan Engineered Products following the signing of the agreement.
"Based on Alcan's large portfolio of proprietary alloys including the latest
generation of aluminum lithium, Airbus' and Alcan's integrated project teams
have jointly developed innovative solutions for advanced aerospace structures.
Our expertise helps our customers to build better aircraft, while at the same
time reducing the manufacturing costs and greenhouse gas emissions of their
products," she added.
Alcan will also supply Airbus' parent company, the European Aeronautic
Defence and Space Company (EADS), with aluminum-based solutions for its range
of aerospace applications.
"We believe that new alloys, combined with innovative design and joining
techniques will ensure that aluminum applications remain competitive for
aerospace structures in the foreseeable future. Alcan's expertise, strong R&D
base, global manufacturing footprint in both Europe and North America, and
commitment to supplier excellence make us a partner of choice for Airbus,"
said Jean-Philippe Cael, President of Alcan Aerospace, Transportation and
In Europe, Alcan supplies the aerospace industry primarily from its
Issoire facility in France, an acknowledged leader in the production of
high-quality aluminum plate for aerospace, aeronautical and transportation
applications. The plant, which employs 1,500 people, increased its plate
capacity by 20 percent in June, 2006 through a new US$28 million advanced
aerospace plate equipment installation. In North America, Alcan supplies the
aerospace industry from its Ravenswood, West Virginia, USA plant, which in
December of 2005, initiated a US$27 million upgrade in its aluminum plate
Alcan Inc. (NYSE, TSX: AL) is a leading global materials company,
delivering high quality products and services worldwide. With world-class
technology and operations in bauxite mining, alumina processing, primary metal
smelting, power generation, aluminium fabrication, engineered solutions as
well as flexible and specialty packaging today's Alcan is well positioned to
meet and exceed its customers' needs. Alcan is represented by 68,000
employees, including its joint ventures, in 61 countries and regions, and
posted revenues of US$23.6 billion in 2006. The Company has featured on the
Dow Jones Sustainability World Index consecutively since 2003. For more
information, please visit: www.alcan.com.
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