Amsterdam rolled and extruded aluminium leader Constellium N.V. announced yesterday the sealing of a deal to provide German automaker Audi AG with auto-body sheet for the company’s new fifth-generation Audi A6.
Per the firm, Audi will be provided with two different proprietary aluminium alloys designed specifically for the automotive sector. The A6’s C8 generation will feature doors and trunks made from Surfalex, which boasts a high surface quality and outstanding hemming and roping properties.
In addition, the new generation A6 will wear a hood of Securalex P6 aluminium alloy, which is a high-tech crash-absorption alloy that meets or exceeds the most stringent requirements for pedestrian safety.
Dieter Höll, Vice President of Global Automotive at Constellium, lauds the deal as the next chapter in the firms’ ongoing, long relationship.
“Constellium is proud to extend its long-term partnership with Audi and to accompany them in their mission to build high quality automobiles. To do so, Constellium supports Audi in solutions not only for closures but also for body-in-white parts requiring specific crash and mechanical performance such as the ones offered by Securalex.”
The fifth-generation A6 was debuted at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Though already available domestically since June, sales of the model will not commence in the United States until next fall. The new A6 was revealed to the North American audience at the 2018 New York International Auto Show earlier this year. The A6 will be produced at Audi’s plants in Neckarsulm, Germany and Aurangabad, India.
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%). Constellium produces rolled and extruded aluminium products from various alloys, bringing in €5.2 billion of revenue in 2017.