September 27, 2012
Aleris to provide aluminum for COMAC C919 prototype aircraft
Aleris has received orders to provide aluminum to Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co., Ltd, a manufacturing subsidiary of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC), for the production of multiple sets of COMAC’s C919 test planes. Aleris will provide conventional aluminum alloys as well as an advanced aluminum alloy with high-damage tolerance to be used on the lower wing covers for a single-aisle commercial aircraft as part of the COMAC C919 program. Initially the material for the COMAC test planes will be delivered from the Aleris plant in Koblenz, Germany. Long-term Aleris plans to supply the aluminum for production from its new rolling mill that is currently under construction in Zhenjiang, China, a $350m state-of-the-art facility designed to meet regional and global aerospace, and other commercial plate demand. The company plans to begin non-aerospace commercial plate production at Zhenjiang in the first quarter of 2013, while it establishes qualification programs for key global customers to begin selling aerospace material in 2014.