Amsterdam rolled and extruded aluminium leader Constellium N.V. revealed yesterday that it has been chosen to be a supplier of aluminium auto body sheet for a pair of Groupe PSA’s new automotive offerings, the Peugeot Partner and Citroën Berlingo Van.
Constellium says that, despite Groupe PSA’s already robust usage of automotive aluminium in its products, this partnership represents the company’s initial foray into the field with light commercial vehicles.
Under the agreement, Constellium will provide a proprietary aluminium alloy to Groupe PSA for outer hood panels that was specially developed for strict requirements for high surface quality and peculiar hemming and roping properties. Inner hood panels will be made from a Constellium product that features excellent formability and mechanical resistance, which allows for efficient processing of complex geometries required for production of specific parts.
Additionally, Constellium will be providing to Groupe PSA the the front Crash Management System, including the bumper beam and crash box, all of which will be of extruded aluminium alloys. The firm says its aluminium alloys are well suited for the task, as they offer a lighter alternative that possesses a comparable level of strength.
“We are proud of our more than 20-year collaboration with Groupe PSA,” said Dieter Hoell, Constellium’s Vice President, Global Automotive for the Packaging and Automotive Rolled Products business unit. “This new project is another step forward in our role to accompany Groupe PSA in its development, and to deliver the benefits of aluminium to its entire vehicle range.”
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.