Constellium N.V., a France-based manufacturer of value-added aluminum products, has completed the expansion and enhancement of its aluminum rolling mills in Neuf-Brisach, France. The plant is a supplier and recycler of rolled aluminum products. The facility is geared toward products in the beverage, food packaging and automotive markets. The project will enhance the capacity and performance of its facility to meet demands and optimize production, according to Constellium.
The two major projects comprising the expansion represented an investment of 23 million euros (US$30.5 million). The first project modernized a casting complex dedicated to rolling slab production, which improved the safety and quality of the operations as well as increased casting capacity, the company says.
The second project involved the replacement of a pusher furnace that is dedicated to the homogenization and preheating of slabs before rolling. The replacement is expected to lower energy consumption while increasing throughput and optimizing quality, Constellium says.
“We will continue to invest in the modernization and development of the assets that we expect will support Constellium’s sustainable growth for the benefit of our customers in the years to come,” says Laurent Musy, president of Constellium’s Packaging and Automotive Rolled Products business unit.
The company adds that two similar projects, also involving the modernization of an additional casting complex and the replacement of another pusher furnace, have been launched with a scheduled completion date in 2014.
(Constellium was profiled in the July/August 2013 issue of Recycling Today Global Edition. The article is available here.)