Corus improving aluminium automotive component processes

Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials

ISSN: 0003-5599

Article publication date: 1 June 2004




(2004), "Corus improving aluminium automotive component processes", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 51 No. 3.



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Corus improving aluminium automotive component processes

Corus improving aluminium automotive component processes

Keywords: Aluminium, Automotive industry, Components

Corus is to spend 42 million (£29 million) on its aluminium rolling mill at Koblenz, Germany to widen its automotive industry product range. Engineering and construction has started with first production expected during the last quarter of 2004.

A major part of the investment is the introduction of cold rolling technology for a width up to 2,800 mm. Wide cold rolled coil can then be heat treated on the annealing and processing line in the Duffel rolling mill in Belgium, widening its automotive body sheet range from 1,700 to 2,300 mm.

Duffel recently commissioned a new continuous annealing line with pre-treatment specifically designed for the process and production of high- quality aluminium coil for use in the automotive industry.

Corus claims the new development responds to the growing demand from vehicle manufacturers for aluminium parts to reduce vehicle weight and fuel consumption. Wider automotive body sheet is increasingly required by carmakers to make roofs.

A major Australian sports venue coated entirely with products supplied by Akzo Nobel's International Protective Coatings business has scooped a top award.

The Suncorp Metway Stadium in Brisbane (formerly known as Lang Park) has won the Australian Steel Institute's Structural Steel Engineering Design Award for 2003 after undergoing a major redevelopment.

Renovated at a cost of AUD 280 million, the 52,000 capacity venue was revamped to include a spectacular 23,000 m2 steel framed roof covering the grandstands.

More than 100,000 l of International® products were used on the 7,000 ton structure, including Interzinc® 42, Intergard® 475 and Interfine® 629 in a variety of colors.

The stadium – currently home to the Brisbane Broncos rugby league club – was one of the major venues for the recent Rugby World Cup, hosting nine games in total, including the quarter-final matches featuring eventual winners England and runners-up Australia.

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