Amsterdam rolled and extruded aluminium titan Constellium N.V. revealed yesterday the continuation of a longstanding partnership with Audi AG to supply aluminium Automotive Body Sheet and structural components for the automaker’s latest model, the A7 Sportback.
The firm said in a press release that it will be the primary supplier of aluminium Automotive Body Sheet for the A7, as well as providing coils for use in exterior components including doors, hoods, fenders, and deck lids that require significant surface areas and design components like sharp edges and lines. Constellium indicates that such complex forms are accomplished by use of a proprietary aluminium alloy that lends itself to being shaped in more complicated ways than other alloys.
In addition, Constellium will supply structural components for the A7, such as struts and crossmembers, that are designed to specific size and quality requirements while providing the strength necessary to support the vehicle’s weight and safety requirements. The firm says that structural components will be supplied in-country from its plant on the German-Swiss border in Gottmadingen.
Dieter Hoell, Director Sales and Marketing, Automotive & Specialties, hailed the collaboration as the next step in a long and lucrative partnership between Constellium and Audi.
“We are proud and excited to support Audi in translating their design language for the new generation A7 model with the supply of our special aluminium outer solutions. This reflects the close collaboration we have with our long-time customer Audi, and with their Neckarsulm, Germany, plant, which uses aluminium extensively.”
Constellium, based in Amsterdam, was founded 1855 as Henri Merle et Compagnie and subsequently renamed Pechiney in 1950. Pechiney was purchased by Alcan in 2003, which was purchased by Rio Tinto in 2007. In 2011 Rio Tinto sold Alcan Engineered Products to Apollo Management (51%) and FSI (10%). The firm produces rolled and extruded aluminium products from various alloys. The firm brought in €4.7 billion of revenue in 2016.