ANDRITZ to supply aluminum production lines for the automotive industry in France and the USA
International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Constellium and the joint venture Constellium/UACJ to supply two continuous annealing and pickling lines and two finishing lines for production sites in Neuf-Brisach, France, and Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA.
Start-ups are scheduled for mid-2016 in the USA and the second half of 2016 in France.
The continuous annealing and pickling lines with floating furnaces have an annual capacity of more than 100,000 tons each and are used to process aluminum grades 5xxx and 6xxx for body-in-white aluminum used in the automotive industry. The scope of supply comprises the complete mechanical and electrical equipment as well as the chemical treatment and neutralization sectors. With the inline tension levelers, it is possible to process cold-rolled aluminum with a width of 800-2,200 millimeters and a thickness of 3.5-0.5 millimeters.
Constellium and UACJ are both global leading aluminum producers in their segments and headquartered in the Netherlands and Japan respectively.
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The ANDRITZ GROUP
The ANDRITZ GROUP is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. The publicly listed, international technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of around 24,500 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 250 production sites as well as service and sales companies all around the world. The ANDRITZ GROUP ranks among the global market leaders in all four of its business areas. One of the Group’s overall strategic goals is to strengthen and extend this position. At the same time, the company aims to secure the continuation of profitable growth in the long term.
The business area is one of the leading global suppliers of complete lines for the production and processing of stainless steel, carbon steel, and non-ferrous metal strip. These lines consist of equipment for cold rolling, heat treatment, surface finishing, strip coating and finishing, punching and deep drawing, and for the regeneration of pickling acids. In addition, the business area supplies turnkey furnace systems for the steel, copper, and aluminum industries, as well as laser and resistance welding equipment for the metalworking industry.
The Schuler Group, Germany, in which ANDRITZ has a stake of more than 95% and which is fully consolidated as from March 1, 2013, is also allocated to the business area. As global market and technology leader in metal forming, Schuler supplies machines, production lines, dies, process know-how, and services for the entire metalworking industry. Its customers include car manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as companies in the forging, household equipment, packaging, energy, and electrical industries. Schuler is also the market leader in coin minting technology and offers system solutions for the aerospace and railway industries.