European value-added aluminium firm Constellium NV has entered into a new multi-year supply contract with French industrial conglomerate DAHER to supply its aviation unit with several different rolled aluminium products, most of which are slated to be used in production of its TBM and Kodiak aircraft models.
The new contract will have Constellium and Daher work together to establish a joint supply chain and in developing products relevant to the aircraft industry. Constellium will specifically aid in development of the TBM and Kodiak aircraft with an aim at finding sustainable ways to reduce the aircraft’s weight.
Constellium indicated that Daher will be supplied flat-rolled aluminium by its Issoire, France plant.
Lionel Thomas, Global Aerospace Sales Director of Constellium’s Aerospace and Transportation business unit, said in a press release that his firm is exited at the prospect of a new agreement with Daher.
“We are very proud and enthusiastic to become the strategic aluminium supplier of Daher; this contract is the basis of future developments between our teams.”
Paul-Marie Dubreuil, VP Procurement, Daher, said that this is likely just the first of several collaborations with Constellium.
“Choosing Constellium as our strategic aluminium supplier for the needs of our own aircraft and aerostructures programs is a major step for us, and will build foundations for further partnership to develop sustainable and optimized aircraft and solutions.”
Constellium, based in France, 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%). Constellium produces rolled and extruded aluminium products from various alloys, bringing in €6.2 billion of revenue in 2021.