The Netherlands – The investment will be made over the next three years as the company seeks to grow its body-in-white (BIW) business in the region. Noting the increased use of aluminium flat-rolled products over the past few years in premium models, Constellium said it believes this growth “will continue in light of stringent European legislation on CO2 emissions and resource efficiency” and will spread to the high-volume car segment.
Phase One of the investment will involve the increase of production capacity at Neuf-Brisach, France, and the start of production at Singen, Germany, after the revamp of its continuous annealing line. Constellium aims to produce the first BIW coils from Singen by mid-2014; the company expects to add 40,000 metric tons to its current capacity by 2016.
Phase Two will see Constellium adding a new continuous annealing and conversion line in Europe, targeting a capacity of 100,000 metric tons and aiming to start commissioning in the second half of 2016.