Chinese company Nanshan Aluminum will supply aerospace-grade aluminum plate to Boeing, taking a key step in accessing the global market.
Nanshan will use the contract as a foundation for expanding its plate business, and expanding into aluminum extrusions and aluminum and titanium forgings, Chairman Cheng Rence said.
Chinese manufacturers are small players in the global aerospace metals market, in which companies such as Boeing and Airbus demand material properties that are not easy for inexperienced firms to achieve.
Airbus contracted China’s Southwest Aluminum in 2011 to supply aluminum plate. The Chinese plant of U.S. company Aleris will also supply aluminum to Airbus under a long-term contract signed in July. More...