Corus is to invest 42 million Euros (£29 million) in its aluminium rolling mill at Koblenz, Germany.
The investment will expand Koblenz’ aircraft plate and sheet capacity from 150,000 tonnes of sheet and plate products a year, and will involve the introduction of technology that can produce wide cold rolled coil with a width up to 2800 mm.
The coil will be heat treated at the coil annealing and processing line in the company’s Duffel rolling mill.
The move will also allow the company to expand the width of the automotive body sheet produced at the Duffel plant from 1700 mm to 2300 mm.
Wider automotive body sheet is increasingly required by some carmakers for the production of vehicle roofs. Corus currently supplies aluminium rolled products to Audi, BMW, Daimler, Land Rover, Michelin, Peugeot, Volkswagen and Volvo.
Engineering and construction for the project has started. It will be completed by the end of 2005.