JONQUIERE, QC, June 28, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan's Dubuc
plant in Quebec, Canada will increase its production of highly
specialised AIRWARE™ alloys for the aeronautical industry by more than
50 per cent following the signing of a contract with Constellium's
Global Aerospace division.
"Today's announcement is proof of the close relationship between Global
Aerospace and Rio Tinto Alcan over the past ten years," said Étienne
Jacques, Vice president, Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal,
Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean. "The agreement with Dubuc Works clearly
demonstrates the need for our facilities to adapt to market demands,
and respond to client requirements and standards. It also reminds us
how important it is for our facilities to be open and flexible if we
are to maintain our position among industry leaders."
To meet the requirements of the new contract, Dubuc Works will need to
expand its current operations. Construction work is already underway
and should continue over the next several months. "Increased production
capacity at Dubuc Works will help us meet the soaring demand we've
developed for our AIRWARE™ technology," said Christophe Villemin,
president, Constellium's Global Aerospace division.
AIRWARE™ is composed of various complementary, low-density materials
that are already part of such space programs as NASA's Orion and Space
X's Falcon 9. Also, AIRWARE™ will soon be taking flight on the Airbus
A350 XWB and Bombardier CSeries, and stands out as the technological
solution of choice for future aircraft and aerospace programs.
Constellium, formerly Alcan Engineered Products, is a global leader in
the development and manufacturing of leading-edge, value-added
aluminium products for a wide range of markets and applications,
including aerospace, mass transportation, automotive, packaging, energy
Constellium employs nearly to 9500 employees in 26 countries and
conducts business in over 60 different markets. The company operates
four divisions: Global Aerospace Transportation and Industry, Specialty
Sheet, Extrusions and Automotive Structures, and the AIN, Constellium's
international trading network.
Headquartered in Paris, France, Constellium is owned by Apollo
Management (51 per cent), Rio Tinto (39 per cent) and the Fonds
Stratégique d'Investissement (10 per cent). The company achieved a
turnover of US$4.4 billion in 2010.
About Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio
Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal
and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt,
talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly
represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses
in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.
SOURCE RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN
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