Amsterdam’s rolled and extruded aluminium firm Constellium N.V. announced yesterday an extension to its partnership with Italy’s multinational automotive firm Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA). The current iteration of the agreement will have Constellium supplying auto body sheet for FCA’s new sport utility vehicle, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
FCA hails the Alfa Romeo Stelvio as a significant milestone in Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A.’s 107-year history, as it represents the brand’s first-ever foray into the SUV market. The Stelvio made its consumer debut earlier this year, making it the second vehicle produced on the new FCA Giorgio platform.
The agreement in question will have Constellium act as the primary supplier to FCA of auto body sheet for closures and inner parts of the Stelvio. Constellium will also supply proprietary aluminium alloy sheet for the vehicle’s hood outer and tailgate outer upper and lower. The firm will also supply 5182 aluminium alloy hood inner, front and rear door inner, and tailgate inner.
Dieter Hoell, Constellium’s Director Sales and Marketing, Automotive & Specialties, praised his firm for the quality of aluminium alloy it offers and for the strong business bonds it has built.
“We are very proud to supply the Alfa Romeo Stelvio with our outer and inner aluminium solutions. This confirms the strong relationship we have built over years with the Fiat Chrysler Automotive Group, both in Europe and in the U.S., and we are glad to support them in their light-weighting programs and the relaunch of the Alfa Romeo brand.”
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.