One of the most remarkable trends in Chinese public sector architecture is the tremendous pace at which the country is building up its infrastructure: all over the country, ports, bridges, railways and airports are expanded or built directly on a greenfield. The country is literally becoming dotted with remarkable structures such as the new terminal 2 of the Tianjin Binhai International Airport, which showcases Aleris aluminum produced at our facility in Duffel, Belgium.
The Tianjin Binhai International Airport, located in the Dongli District of Tianjin Province, is primarily a major air cargo center additionally used as a passenger hub mainly for domestic flights. In order to accommodate for rising passenger frequencies, it has been upgraded by adding the new terminal 2. The ultra-modern “I” shaped building with a total construction area of 248,000 sqm consists of a main building and a corridor connecting terminal 1 and 2. The ambitious aluminum interior decoration of the airport, including inner and outer ceiling structures, was built by Shenzhen Sipei Industrial Co., Ltd., an experienced construction specialist headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. Since 2012, it has partnered with our facility in Duffel for high end aluminum sheets. For the Airport in Tianjin, Duffel contributed three different types of material: 50 tons of aluminum type 55 HX anodized sheets with a thickness of 3 mm (6,150 sqm) used for all columns, 40 tons of AA5754 panels with a thickness of 2.5 mm (6,000 sqm) for inner walls and 340 tons of AA3005 mill finished coils with thicknesses ranging from 0.7 mm to 1.2 mm (more than 120,000 sqm) sliced and decorated for the ceiling structure and honeycomb panels. The design of the interior decoration came from Tianjin Huahui Design Company.
“This was the first big project we worked on in close cooperation with Shenzhen Sipei since the start of our partnership in 2012,” said Aart-Jan Resskamp, Aleris sales director, Export, Industrial. “There are quite a few more projects in the pipeline but competition is getting fierce. Thanks to Sipei, the Aleris name is becoming well-known for architectural purposes in China.”