20 July 2010

Alcan Global Aerospace launches AIRWARE™, tomorrow’s aircraft technology. €42.5M will be invested in Issoire and Voreppe sites (France)

Alcan Global Aerospace, Transportation and Industry (Alcan Global ATI), a business unit of Alcan Engineered Products (Rio Tinto Group) announces the launch of AIRWARE™, tomorrow’s aircraft technology. AIRWARE™ is a comprehensive offer of complementary and high-performance Low Density Alloys, best suited to feature in all parts of the aircraft primary  structure.  AIRWARE™  represents  a  unique  solution  to  the  current  challenges aircraft manufacturers are facing, allowing them to combine weight reduction with lower assembly and maintenance costs, and reduction of the overall environmental print. 

Alcan  Global  ATI’s  goal  is  to make  AIRWARE™  the  solution  of  choice  for major  future aerospace  programs.  €42.5  million  will  be  therefore  invested  in  the  production  site  at Issoire  and  the  R&D  center  at  Voreppe,  both  located  in  France.  While  Issoire  will  be equipped  with  the  very  first  industrial  casthouse  in  the  world  capable  to  produce advanced  Low  Density  Alloys  (aluminum-lithium),  the  Voreppe  R&D  center’s  one  will focus on developing new applications. 

With  AIRWARE™,  we  turn  a  new  page  in  the  aerospace  industry.  By  offering manufacturers  a  solution  to  lighten  aircraft  structures,  cut  assembly  and  maintenance costs  while  benefiting  from  aluminum  infinite  recyclability,  we  are  demonstrating  our commitment to innovate and meet our customers’ needs”, said Christophe Villemin, Alcan Global ATI President. 

AIRWARE™’s  high  technological  content  and  value  added  make  it  perfectly  suited  for optimizing aircraft production processes. The use of Alcan advanced welding techniques combined with the introduction of recycling systems boosts AIRWARE™’s performance, thereby   increasing   the   aerospace   industry’s   efficiency   and   reducing   its   overall environmental  footprint.  AIRWARE™  is  100%  recyclable,  can  deliver  20%  weight reductions for aircraft primary parts and guarantees longer heavy maintenance intervals, of up to at least 12 years. 

Major  aircraft manufacturers  have  already  chosen  AIRWARE™  for  their  new  program: Airbus for the A350-XWB and Bombardier for the CSeries. We are particularly proud to look into the future of the aerospace industry by offering the reliability and performance of our solutions”, concluded Christophe Villemin. 

About Alcan Global ATI  

Alcan Global ATI employs some 3,500 people and has manufacturing plants in Europe and North  America.  A  world  leader  in  the  production  of  aerospace  plates,  Alcan  Global  ATI provides its customers with its entire portfolio of advanced lightweight aluminum solutions.  Thanks to its global R&D, manufacturing and commercial reach, Alcan Global ATI is able to build  long-term  supply  and  innovative  technology  partnerships  with  major  aerospace leaders. 

About Alcan Engineered Products 

Alcan  Engineered  Products  is  a  global  sector  leader  strongly  committed  to  developing innovative  and  value-added  aluminum  products  for  a  broad  range  of  civil  and  defense markets   and   applications,   including   aerospace,   mass   transportation,   automotive, packaging, energy and construction. Backed by 11,000 employees located in 27 countries and  a  commercial  presence  in  over  60  markets  across  Europe,  Middle  East,  Africa,  the Americas   and   the   Asia-Pacific   region,   Alcan   Engineered   Products   produces   high performance materials in the areas of aluminum rolled products, extrusions and automotive parts, and cables. Alcan Engineered Products is headquartered in Paris, France. 

About Rio Tinto  

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc,  a  London  and  NYSE  listed  company,  and  Rio  Tinto  Limited,  which  is  listed  on  the Australian Securities Exchange. Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminum, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (e.g. borax, titanium dioxide, salt and talc) and iron ore. While operations span the world, they are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa. 


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