UACJ Corporation’s United States subsidiary UACJ Automotive Whitehall Industries (UWH) announced last week a plan to install US$333 million in new equipment at its plants in Michigan and Arizona.
A press release from the company said an extrusion press for extrusions of high-strength aluminium and the necessary housing would be added at its headquarters in Ludington, Michigan, while machining centers, laser-processing machines, robots, and automated assembly equipment are slated for installation at the newer plant in Flagstaff, Arizona. The extrusion press to be installed in Michigan is expected to have a production capacity of 750 metric tons per month upon entering full operation.
UACJ says the installations are a response to market demand for automotive aluminium, which has reached new heights in recent years thanks to a greater emphasis on lowering emissions and increasing fuel efficiency. Additionally, the sector has seen a sharp demand for aluminium for use in electric vehicles, largely in order to offset the weight of lithium-ion batteries.
The firm said it would continue to advocate for the use of aluminium components in the automotive industry in order to lessen the environmental impact of automobile use.
UACJ Automotive Whitehall Industries began in late 2013 as a facility belonging to SRS Industries of Michigan. Its purchase by UACJ aligned it with one of the world’s biggest aluminium suppliers. UACJ, which supplies its customers with aluminium rolled products, extrusions, foil, castings, and forgings, is also a partner with Europe’s Constellium in an aluminium plant in Bowling Green.