Alcoa, Airbus sign multi-year aluminum supply agreement

The agreement, worth about $1.4 billion, covers wing and fuselage aerostructures on the A320, A350 and A380 aircraft. Material will come from the U.S., Germany, Russia and the U.K.

Alcoa announced on July 11 at the Farnborough International Airshow (Farnborough, U.K.) that it has signed new multi-year supply agreements with Airbus for Alcoa’s leading aerospace aluminum sheet, plate and hard alloy extruded products using Alcoa’s current, advanced-generation and aluminum lithium alloys. Terms were not disclosed, but the agreements have a value of approximately $1.4 billion (USD) over their life.

Alcoa’s leading aluminum solutions will be used across virtually all Airbus commercial programs and includes new lower wing skins on the A320; several aluminum lithium applications on the A350 and A380, including the largest extruded lower wing stringers for the A380; as well as the largest wing skins and fuselage panels for the A380 and structural plate for the A350.

Alcoa’s hard alloy extruded products, including rod, drawn tubing and extruded shapes for wing stringers and floor structures, will be supplied from the company’s plants in Lafayette, Ind., and Halethorpe in Baltimore, Md. in the U.S., and Hannover in Germany. Alcoa flat rolled products will be supplied from the company’s plants in Davenport, Iowa in the United States, Kitts Green in the U.K., and Belaya Kalitva in Russia. A new greenfield plant in Lafayette as well as facilities in Kitts Green and at the Alcoa Technical Center, Pennsylvania will cast aluminum lithium to support the global Alcoa aerospace supply chain.