European value-added aluminium firm Constellium NV announced yesterday that it has been chosen to supply German automaker Audi AG with aluminium for its e-tron GT electric vehicle.
Constellium said it would supply aluminium for auto body sheet and Crash Management Systems on board the e-tron GT. The aluminium supplied under the deal would be ASI-certified to be sustainably sourced and manufactured.
Dieter Hoell, Vice President of Constellium’s Global Automotive for Constellium’s Packaging & Automotive Rolled Products business unit, said in a press release that the partnership would benefit both parties.
“We are very proud to partner with Audi for its battery electric e-tron GT. With its lightweight and energy absorption properties, aluminium is the ideal material for the growing market of electric vehicles. We have developed an integrated offer and unique solutions, both in rolled and structural automotive products, to provide our customers with high-performance products that achieve both safety and efficiency.”
The specific products Constellium will supply Audi with include the Surfalex auto body sheet aluminium for the vehicle’s rear doors and fenders. Also part of the deal will be a quantity of Securalex, an aluminium alloy with high crash absorption features, for the inner hood. Both of these products will be produced in the firm’s plant at Neuf-Brisach, France.
Also to be supplied will be HSA6, which is high-strength 6xxx aluminium alloy, for extruded parts of the vehicle’s Crash Management System. This aluminium product will be supplied from Constellium’s Gottmadingen plant in Germany.
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 €4.9 billion of revenue in 2020.