Alcan Composites, a division of Alcan Engineered Products, has officially inaugurated its new Core Materials conversion centre in Shanghai, China.
Rio Tinto Alcan is pleased to announce that Alcan Composites, a division of Alcan Engineered Products, has officially inaugurated its new Core Materials conversion centre in Shanghai, China at a ceremony attended by local officials, industrial association representatives, customers and management. The investment, announced in June 2007, is a clear demonstration of Alcan Engineered Products’ growth strategy in action in the fast-developing Asia Pacific market..
“China and the Asia Pacific markets are of strategic importance not only for the Composites business but also for the Engineered Products unit. The combination of local sales and technical service capabilities along with our own manufacturing plants will allow us to grow even faster in the region,” said Georg Reif, president, Alcan Composites.
Located in the Shanghai Tangzhen industrial zone, the Alcan Composites Core Materials centre presently employs 30 people. It is already operational and is equipped with dedicated lines for the transformation of AIREX® plastic foam and BALTEK® balsa-based core materials used by fabricators to make innovative sandwich structure solutions. In addition to the transformation capacity, the new centre includes sales and technical services to provide customers with local market knowledge and expertise.
“This new conversion centre will enable us to offer leading-edge composite core materials and will improve our lead times and services to our customers in the Chinese and Asia-Pacific wind energy and mass transportation markets,” added Pierre Monéton, president, Core Materials, Alcan Composites.
AIREX® and BALTEK® core materials are used by manufacturers to create innovative lightweight sandwich structures for the wind energy, marine and ground transportation markets. Thanks to their light weight, the final products allow better energy efficiency over their whole life cycle.
Alcan Composites Core Materials is a global organization with over 1,500 employees in production locations in Europe, North America, Ecuador and now China. It is part of Alcan Composites, a global unit employing 2,700 employees active in manufacturing and commercializing branded products for visual communication, architecture, transportation and industrial markets. Alcan Composites has been present in South East Asia with sales offices in Singapore since 1991, a manufacturing plant for ALUCOBOND® facade panels since 1999 in Shanghai, China and a paint line factory in Changzhou, China since 2006. Alcan Composites is part of the Engineered Products unit, a division of Rio Tinto Alcan.
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