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The aluminium specialist, Constellium, has inaugurated its second finishing line for rolled products destined for the automotive industry on its Neuf-Brisach production site. This 180 million euro investment should double production capacities!
The new finishing line installed on the Neuf-Brisach production site will enable the production of an additional 100,000 tonnes of finished aluminium products for the automotive market.
Equipped with high-speed thermal treatment technology, this new 250-metre long line will enable aluminium to be produced for exterior and interior vehicle door surfaces and structural parts. In full production, at the end of 2018 in theory, production should be multiplied by two and a half times.
This finishing line adds to:
The recruitment of around sixty operators and engineers is planned for 2017. The Haut-Rhin site will then employ almost 1,500 people.
Constellium, whose registered office is based in Amsterdam, surfs on the growing demand from automotive manufacturers for lighter materials to limit CO2 emissions. Aluminium for cars, although used less than steel by manufacturers, posts strong growth.
“The inauguration of this new finishing line in Neuf-Brisach is a major step in the roll-out of our growth strategy on the world automotive market”, commented Jean-Marc Germain, CEO of Constellium.
With its operational head office in Paris, a research and development centre of 250 people in Voreppe, near Grenoble and four French plants, Constellium has a fairly high presence in France. 40% of its headcount are in France, although it only represents 35% of its revenue. The reinforcement of its production capacities in Alsace confirm this commitment.
The Haut-Rhin site “occupies a major place within the Group’s plants“, highlights Ludovic Piquier, its Director.
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