Dutch aluminium products firm Constellium N.V. announced yesterday that it will be the supplier of Crash Management Systems and Automotive Body Sheets for French automotive maker Peugeot’s compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) model 3008. The model, complete with aluminium components, will make its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show early next month.
According to the press release, Constellium will supply aluminium front Crash Management System for the model, which includes a lower beam for enhanced pedestrian safety. The firm will also provide aluminium coils and sheets for the inner and outer hood panels and for the fenders.
Constellium champions aluminium as a superior material for Crash Management Systems, citing its superior energy absorption, which protects passengers during a collision, as well as keeping damage to the vehicle minimal, making repair more economical. In addition, the quality of aluminium Constellium supplies Peugeot has hemming and roping qualities that allow for sharp lines and complex shapes.
“Constellium is proud to contribute to the new PEUGEOT 3008,” explained Constellium’s Managing Director for Automotive Structures Lionel Chapis. “An expert in aluminium alloy development, as well as the design, simulation, testing and manufacturing of structural components, Constellium is well positioned to serve automakers in their quest to make vehicles lighter while offering exceptional performance characteristics.”
“[Peugeot’s parent company] PSA Group has been a long-standing customer of Constellium,” said the Sales and Marketing Director of Constellium’s Packaging and Automotive Rolled Products Business unit Dieter Höll. “Our commitment to innovation enables us to develop new alloys and solutions from the new model design phase to the start of production.”
Constellium, based in Amsterdam, was founded in 2011 when Anglo-Australian mining giant 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 €3.7 billion of revenue in 2014.