Alcan has signed a long-term contract to supply Airbus with a variety of high-performance aluminum products, including plate, sheet, stringer and small extrusions and tubes, for the full range of Airbus’ aircraft programs. Alcan will also supply Airbus’ parent company, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, with aluminum-based solutions for its range of aerospace applications. In Europe, Alcan supplies the aerospace industry primarily from its Issoire facility in France.

In other news, Alcan plans to build a manufacturing facility in Tianjin, China, to provide innovative alloy cable products to serve the Chinese market. Alcan plans to invest approximately $40 million to build a facility that will use leading-edge technology to produce specialty alloy cable products for commercial, institutional and industrial applications.