Constellium Opens New Automotive Aluminium Sheet Line in Eastern France

Constellium Opens New Automotive Aluminium Sheet Line in Eastern France
Aerial view of Neuf-Brisach taken during a balloon flight. Source: Wikimedia

Amsterdam’s Constellium N.V. announced the official opening of its newest finishing line at its plant in Neuf-Brisach, France. The €180 million line is intended to help the firm meet rising demand for aluminium auto body sheet.

The almost 800’ line has a production capacity of 100,000 metric tons per annum. It turns out sheet aluminium using high-speed thermal treatment, precise temperature control, a highly efficient quenching process, and a greater flexibility on the thickness of processed alloys.

“On the heels of the launch of our new manufacturing plant with our joint venture partner UACJ Corporation in Bowling Green in the US, the opening of the new finishing line in Neuf-Brisach is another critical step in the execution of our worldwide automotive growth strategy,” explained Constellium’s Chief Executive Officer Jean-Marc Germain. “It shows our continued commitment to serving the needs of automakers with our advanced aluminium products and solutions.”

“We are thrilled to announce the capacity expansion of our plant in Neuf-Brisach with the opening of a best-in-class automotive finishing line,” said the President of Constellium’s Packaging and Automotive Rolled Products business unit Arnaud Jouron. “With top-notch technologies, a long-standing automotive expertise among our staff on both sides of the ocean, and an additional line located in the heart of Europe, we are well positioned to capture the growth for automotive body sheet in Europe and across the globe.”

Constellium’s plant at Neuf-Brisach was built in 1967 and is an integrated aluminium rolling, finishing and recycling facility. The plant designs and produces a wide variety of coil and sheet products for automotive original equipment manufacturers as well as food and beverage can customers. The firm believes that this new capability for producing automotive sheet will help it meet the ever-growing demand for it in Europe. Constellium estimates that demand will grow from 230,000 metric tons in 2012 to 700,000 metric tons in 2020.