ESSEN, Germany, September 20 -- Alcan is presenting its innovative, lightweight aluminium solutions for the aerospace industry at the "ALUMINIUM 2006" exhibition in Essen, Germany from September 20 - 22, 2006.
"Alcan's global leadership position in value-added sheet, plate, and extrusions make it the partner and supplier of choice for the world's major aircraft manufacturers," said Michel Jacques, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alcan Engineered Products. "Aluminium is the preferred lightweight engineering solution in the aerospace industry, helping to reduce costs along the entire value chain," he added.
Alcan is also a highly reputable supplier of light-alloy precision castings and a world leader in alloy technology, including advanced aluminium-lithium solutions. In cooperation with its customers, Alcan is aiming to reduce airframe weight by a further 20 percent and airframe costs by 30 percent. Among the Company's most recent innovations is a wide range of alloys for the Airbus A380 programme and the supply of advanced lightweight aluminium products for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Visitors to Alcan's exhibition are being offered an insight into the Company's outstanding technological competencies. Highlights include a large fuselage section, manufactured from plate and other Alcan-supplied components, and a full-scale aluminium fuselage panel, manufactured using an advanced ageform process specifically developed for the aircraft industry.
"Alcan's long-standing partnerships with the world's largest commercial and military aircraft manufacturers form the basis for continued growth in this sector," continued Mr. Jacques. "The Company is fully committed to maintaining its leadership position in the aerospace sector through continued investments in R&D as well as in manufacturing facilities," he concluded.
In June 2006 Alcan commissioned an advanced, US$ 28 million aerospace plate investment at its facility in Issoire, France. The equipment includes state-of-the-art heat-treatment furnaces and non-destructive control equipment designed to meet the highest environmental and employee health and safety standards.
Alcan Inc. (NYSE, TSX: AL) is a leading global materials company, delivering high quality products, engineered solutions and services worldwide. With world-class technology and operations in bauxite mining, alumina processing, primary metal smelting, power generation, aluminium fabrication, engineered solutions as well as flexible and specialty packaging, today's Alcan is well positioned to meet and exceed its customers'needs. Alcan has 65,000 employees in 60 countries and regions, posted revenues of US$ 20.3 billion in 2005 and was selected as a Super-Sector Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. For more information, please visit: www.alcan.com.
Source: Alcan Inc.