With air travel projected to grow substantially over the next several years, the aerospace industry is building new aircraft to accommodate a growing number of air passengers and to replace older, less efficient planes with newer, more fuel-efficient models. Aluminum offers a high strength-to-weight ratio, energy efficiency, and high tolerance to extreme temperatures- making it an ideal material for the manufacturing of aircraft. It can also be recycled repeatedly, making it a good choice as manufacturers pursue sustainability initiatives.
Products & Capabilities
Aleris supplies sheet and plate material for fuselage and wing structure components according to standard or customized specifications.
Aleris has introduced new low density alloys which represent an innovative step forward for aluminum in aerospace. Weight-savings from these new alloys translate into fuel efficiency and lower operating costs for the airline industry.
Aleris has been serving the aerospace industry for more than thirty years from its world class aluminum plate mill in Koblenz, Germany. Among the most important aerospace aluminum plate facilities in the world, Koblenz is backed by a leading research and development team that works with customers to deliver new solutions to the marketplace. The Koblenz plant also served as the blueprint for the company’s world class rolling mill in Zhenjiang, China, which began serving the aerospace industry in 2014.
Aleris manufactures many different plates in various standard and customer-specified alloys using some of the world’s most advanced hot and cold rolling mills. With a 160-inch (4.064 m) hot rolling mill and a 148-inch (3.760 m) cold rolling mill, we can produce very wide and ultra-thick plates, either heat treated or non-heat treated. High-quality aluminum plates from Aleris meet the most demanding standards, plus many individual customer specifications.
We have continued to expand our production capabilities to better serve global customers. Most recently, we opened a new rolling mill in Zhenjiang designed to meet fast-growing regional and global demand for technically advanced aluminum plate products for aerospace and commercial plate customers. The state-of-the-art plant, one of only a handful in the world, is equipped to produce the most advanced value-added aluminum material for aerospace and leading manufacturers in a variety of fast-growing industries in China and worldwide.
Our investment in a full-scale direct-chill (DC) pilot caster at our facility in Koblenz, Germany, illustrates our commitment to increasing our leadership in technically demanding industry segments. The specialized facility is able to cast full-scale ingots for trials as well as for serial production of aluminum-lithium products.
Our innovation centers in Koblenz, Germany, and Zhenjiang, China, in particular focus on the aerospace industry and have developed innovations in aerospace that include high-strength alloys for structural plate applications and Aluminum Magnesium Scandium alloys for lighter fuselage sheets associated with new joining and forming technologies.
Aleris has supplied aerospace plate products to the aluminum industry for decades from Koblenz, Germany. Its facility in Zhenjiang, China, is also qualified by major aerospace producers to supply aluminum.