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Who we are

World leader in aluminium manufacturing

Constellium is a world leader in the manufacturing of high-quality aluminium products and solutions. The history of Constellium dates almost as far back as the commercial production of aluminium, and our know-how today has grown out of the expertise of Pechiney, Alcan and Alusuisse.

A flexible aluminium company

© Dominique Sarraute 2010

Constellium’s roots are in aluminium’s beginnings. When aluminium production was still in its infancy, few would have predicted the extent of the utilities and applications of the metal, which is at once lightweight, strong, corrosion-resistant and infinitely recyclable.
 
As the demand for aluminium developed, Constellium’s business has diversified significantly.

Today, Constellium is characterized by a commitment to delivering excellence, a flair for creative collaboration, and the ability to advance innovation. These qualities define us today, and underpin our market-leading position.

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    Advancing innovation: Constellium sets the industry standard - generating value thanks to our expertise and innovation.

Company timeline

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    1855: Creation of Henri Merle et Compagnie (renamed Pechiney in 1950)
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    1888: Creation of Aluminium Industrie Aktien Gesellschaft (AIAG) (renamed Alusuisse in 1963 and Algroup in 1988)
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    1902: The Northern Aluminum Company, Ltd is founded (renamed Aluminum Company of Canada Ltd in 1925)
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    1928: Aluminum Company of Canada, Ltd, becomes the subsidiary of Aluminium Limited, a holding company
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    1966: Aluminium Limited is renamed Alcan Aluminium Limited
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    1987: Alcan Aluminium Limited merges with its principal subsidiary, Aluminum Company of Canada, Limited, and uses the name Alcan Aluminium Limited
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    2000: Alcan Aluminium Limited merges with Algroup (Alusuisse Group Ltd) and the merged group is renamed Alcan Inc. in 2001
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    2003: Alcan Inc. acquires Pechiney
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    2007: Rio Tinto fully acquires Alcan, and announces its intentions to divest the Alcan Engineered Products business group 
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    2011: Apollo acquires 51% of Alcan Engineered Products, FSI acquires 10%, and Rio Tinto retains the remaining 39% - Alcan Engineered Products is renamed Constellium
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    2013: since May 2013, Constellium  is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and NYSE Euronext market
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    2014: On October, Constellium announced the acquisition of Wise Metals, a private aluminium sheet producer located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama (U.S.A.). The transaction strengthens Constellium’s global footprint and offerings by increasing the company’s exposure to the North American market. Wise’s growing can sheet business in the U.S. will supplement Constellium’s leading position in Europe and provide stability through long-term contracts with global beverage can customers.

Markets of focus

Constellium focuses on three business units, that reflect our major markets: aerospace, automotive and packaging.

Key-fact

Constellium has been in business for over a century.

Last update 09 June 2016 Back to top