Amsterdam rolled and extruded aluminium leader Constellium N.V. revealed plans earlier this week to expand its extrusion operations at a plant in southern Germany.
Per the firm, the plant in Singen will see a new 8,000 m2 hall containing a new extrusion press dedicated to automotive aluminium production. Constellium says the new line will employ around 50 individuals when it begins production in the middle of next year.
“Extrusions are the foundation of our Automotive Structures product portfolio,” explained the president of Constellium’s Automotive Structures and Industry Business Unit Paul Warton. “As our business continues to grow, Singen has become a diverse provider of complex, high-strength extrusions of all sizes, shapes, strengths and gauges for our automotive programs, as well as our rail, transportation and industrial customers. This new press increases not only capacity, but advances our efficiency and capability.”
The new equipment will join the 100 MN press already on site, which is Western Europe’s largest. The operations at Singen are at the heart of Constellium’s manufacturing operations, housing five of the company’s newest and best presses.
Singen is the hub of the firm’s automotive structures operation, producing profiles for use in Crash Management Systems, Side Impact Beams, and various structural components. The site also manufactures aluminium components for use in other transportation and industry markets including rail, power rail and bus applications. The plant is also the only extrusion operation on Earth to make aluminium/steel co-extrusions for energy power supply to metro power rail systems.
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.