09 September 2010

Automotive Low Emission Hybrid Engines to be built with Alcan Aluminium High-Tech Extrusions

Alcan  Extrusions  and  Automotive  Structures,  part  of  Alcan  Engineered  Products  -  a business unit of Rio Tinto - has signed a multiyear contract with Robert Bosch GmbH for the  delivery  of  aluminium  high-tech  aluminium  profiles  for  the  newly  developed  hybrid engines for the Volkswagen Touareg as well as for the Porsche Cayenne model.  

Alcan’s commitment to providing the automotive industry with leading edge solutions will support carmakers in their efforts to further reduce the weight of their vehicles ultimately resulting in reduced CO 2  emissions,” said Paul Warton, President Alcan Extrusions and Automotive Structures.  

Bosch as one of the leading suppliers in the automotive industry, is expecting to deliver 1.800  tons  of  these  tolerance  demanding  Alcan  extruded  profiles  in  the  coming  seven years.  The  aluminium  high-tech  tube  profiles  are  produced  at  Alcan's  Extrusions  and Automotive Structures extrusion operation in Singen, Germany. 

This  agreement  with  Bosch  demonstrates  how  joint  development  with  customers  can deliver innovative high-performance solutions in a competitive market. It also underlines Alcan’s unrivalled R&D capabilities in Europe,” Paul Warton added. 

The new hybrid concepts are based on gasoline or diesel engines which are combined with electric motors. Strong hybrid cars can be operated by using the electric motor only and thereby move locally nearly free of emissions. 

The round aluminium profile of Alcan is being produced within extremely tight tolerances in  the  micro-meter  range  and  integrated  into  the  stator  section  of  the  electric  engine, transmitting the torque of 300 Newton meter. 

This new engineering solution helps to reduce fuel consumption and CO 2  emissions and it also contributes to increasing customer demand, propelled on a worldwide scale by the development of the next generation of environmentally-friendly, fuel-efficient vehicles. 

About Alcan Extrusions and Automotive Structures 

Alcan  Extrusions  is  a  key  player  in  the  European  market,  focusing  on  specialty products.  It  supplies  a  variety  of  hard  and  soft  alloy  extrusions,  including  technically advanced   products,   to   the   automotive,   industrial,   energy,   electrical   and   building industries,  and  to  manufacturers  of  mass  transport  vehicles  and  shipbuilders  It  has production facilities in France, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  Automotive Structures serves major automotive and transportation manufacturers with advanced   technology,   develops   and   manufactures   aluminum   crash   management systems,    front-end    components,    cockpit    carriers    and    body-in-white    structural  components.  It  serves  customers  in  Europe,  North  America  and  China  with  innovative and cost-effective aluminum solutions. 

About Alcan Engineered Products 

Alcan  Engineered  Products  is  a  global  sector-leader  strongly  committed  to  developing innovative,   value-added   aluminium   products   for   a   broad   scope   of   markets   and applications,  including  aerospace,  mass  transportation,  automotive,  packaging,  energy and building. With around  10,000 employees located in 26 countries and a  commercial presence in more than 60 markets across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region, Alcan Engineered Products is organised around businesses dedicated to performance materials in the areas of aluminium rolled products, extrusions and automotive structures, and international trade.  

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  aluminium,  copper,  diamonds,  energy  (coal  and  uranium),  gold,  industrial  minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa. 

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