Amsterdam rolled and extruded aluminium leader Constellium N.V. announced yesterday that it has been chosen to supply auto body sheet to Toyota’s European production plants for use in the new Corolla model.
Constellium will be the sole provider of auto body sheet aluminium to Toyota’s plants in Burnaston, United Kingdom and Arifiye, Turkey, where it will be used in the production of the vehicle’s hood. This agreement represents the first time Toyota will use aluminium sheet in its European production line.
Constellium’s Vice President of Global Automotive Rolled Products Dieter Höll lauded the new agreement, noting that it represents yet another step in the two firms’ long history together.
“We are very proud of this successful collaboration with Toyota and are honored to be supplying one of the world’s best-selling vehicles. Toyota and Constellium have partnered for many years to develop innovative aluminium solutions for Toyota’s new models, tailored to their manufacturing process.”
Constellium notes the increased usage of aluminium in automotive construction, as it is a key component in assisting automakers in meeting stricter and stricter lightweighting and emissions goals. The firm’s particular brand of aluminium alloy is among the industry’s best, says the firm, as it offers increased surface quality, roping performance, and corrosion resistance as compared to competing brands.
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 €5.69 billion of revenue in 2018.