Dutch aluminium manufacturer Constellium N.V. announced yesterday that it has come to terms with European multinational aerospace and defense corporation Airbus Group SE to provide aluminium products for several of the firm’s leading projects. It’s the latest agreement in a partnership begun in 2010 with the development of AIRWARE™ technology on the A350 XWB.
The agreement, which is pending Airbus’s corporate approval, is another agreement in a longstanding partnership between the two firms. According to the proposed terms, Constellium will provide Airbus with rolled aluminium products for the latter’s airframes, including wing skin panels, aero-sheets for fuselage panels, and rectangular and pre-machined plates for structural components.
The projects for which Constellium will provide parts include the A320neo and the A350 XWB.
“I am proud to see Airbus and Constellium continuing to build on their long track record of successful relationship in the context of the high order backlog ahead of our industry,” said the President of Constellium’s Aerospace & Transportation business unit Ingrid Jörg. “By refining the way we work together, and thanks to the technology and industrial investments we made over the last years to increase our operational and business performance, Constellium is in a strong position to support Airbus in the execution of its key aerospace programs.”
Parts for the new contract will be made at Constellium’s plants in Ravenswood, New Jersey, and Issoire, France. The Ravenswood plant employs 750 hourly workers, most of whom are members of United Steelworkers of America Local 5658. According to Local president Dave Martin, Constellium has been ramping up its labor force in recent months.
Constellium, based in Amsterdam, was founded in 2011 when Anglo-Australian mining giant 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 €3.7 billion of revenue in 2014.