Alcoa Wins $1 Billion Airbus Aluminum Deal

Jun 24, 2011

By Steve James/Reuters

U.S. aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. Friday said it has been awarded a multiyear agreement worth about $1 billion to supply metal for Airbus commercial aircraft.

It said the deal with the European planemaker calls for Alcoa to provide aluminum sheet and plate using current and advanced-generation aluminum alloys, which are lighter and stronger than traditional metals and composites.

Terms of the agreement, reached this week at the Paris Air Show, were not disclosed, but Alcoa said the agreement has a value of about $1 billion over its life.

Alcoa’s aluminum products will be used on most Airbus commercial aircraft, from short-range, single-aisle planes to long-haul aircraft, including the A380, the company said.

The aluminum, for fuselage panels and structural components as well as wing skins, will be supplied from plants in Davenport, Iowa; Kitts Green, England; and Belaya Kalitva in Russia.

Source: Reuters

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