Alcoa expands aluminum production capacity for automotive sheet

  • 06-May-2013 08:10 EDT
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Aluminum sheet rolls through an Alcoa hot line.

Alcoa recently announced a second major North American expansion to meet the growing demand for light, durable, and recyclable aluminum sheet for automotive production. Alcoa will invest $275 million to expand and convert capacity at its rolling mill in Alcoa, TN. The company previously announced a $300 million expansion of its Davenport, IA, plant, which is set to be completed by the end of this year. The Tennessee project will involve conversion of some of the plant’s can sheet capacity to high-strength automotive aluminum capacity, as well as the installation of incremental automotive capacity. The Tennessee expansion is scheduled to be completed by mid-2015. Much of the volume for the automotive expansion is already secured under long-term supply agreements. The project will incorporate, through Alcoa’s supply chain, the proprietary “Alcoa 951” pre-treatment bonding technology that enables adhesive bonding of automotive structures (sheet, extrusions, and castings).

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