European value-added aluminium firm Constellium NV announced yesterday that it has been chosen to be the supplier of aluminium structural components for the new all-electric 2022 Ford F-150. Constellium will supply the new model with parts to include the windshield header, rocker, radiator support, among others.
As of this announcement, Constellium will be supplying aluminium components for the F-150 Lightning, Super Duty, all F-Series trucks, Bronco, Escape, Expedition, Explorer, Lincoln Corsair, Aviator, and Navigator.
Philippe Hoffmann, President of Constellium’s Automotive Structures & Industry business unit, said in a press release that the aluminium components his firm supplies to Ford offer several advantages.
“Constellium is proud to supply the electric Ford F-150 Lightning with recyclable aluminium and to contribute to Ford’s commitments to sustainability. Aluminium is the metal of choice for electric vehicles and our light, strong, crash- and intrusion-resistant solutions help make electric vehicles safe and more sustainable.”
The aluminium structural components and the Crash Management Systems will be produced by Constellium’s Van Buren plant in Michigan, while the aluminium auto body sheet will originate from its Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.
Constellium, based in France, 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.