Alcoa Completes Automotive Expansion in Tennessee to Meet Strong Demand for Aluminum Vehicles

September 24, 2015
  • Newly expanded plant is Alcoa’s second major North American automotive expansion backed by long-term customer contracts
  • $300 million expansion supports Company’s strategy to capture growing demand for automotive aluminum sheet; aluminum body sheet use in North America vehicles expected to increase elevenfold by 2025

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa (NYSE: AA) today announced it has
completed an expansion at its Tennessee facility dedicated to supplying
aluminum sheet to the automotive industry. The plant will provide
aluminum sheet to automakers that include Ford Motor Company, Fiat
Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors.

“Automakers are demanding lighter, stronger materials that improve the
performance of their vehicles and Alcoa is at the forefront of capturing
that demand,” said Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer. “Through our capacity expansions in Tennessee and Davenport,
and breakthrough technologies like the MicromillTM, we have
cemented Alcoa’s position as the premier partner to the automotive
industry as it turns to aluminum.”

The $300 million project in Tennessee – which began customer shipments
earlier this month – is Alcoa’s second major automotive expansion in
North America backed by long-term customer contracts. The first, in
Davenport, Iowa, reported record volume of automotive sheet shipments in
the second quarter of 2015, up approximately 200 percent from the second
quarter 2014.

According to Ducker Worldwide, the amount of aluminum body sheet content
in North American vehicles is expected to grow by three times from 2012
to 2015 and increase elevenfold by 2025 from 2012 levels. Alcoa
estimates that it will grow its automotive sheet revenue approximately
sixfold, from $229 million in 2013 to $1.3 billion in 2018.

The state-of-the-art facility is equipped with rolling mill technology
that allows it to switch production depending on changing market
demands, moving between automotive and can sheet production. The
location also features a large recycling facility for automotive scrap
which offsets expense, eliminates waste for automakers, lowers
operational cost and reduces Alcoa’s carbon footprint.

The expansion created approximately 200 full-time jobs.

Alcoa executives, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and other state and
local officials will celebrate the expansion in Tennessee with a ribbon
cutting event this afternoon.

“We want to thank Alcoa for this project and the 200 new jobs in Blount
County,” said Governor Haslam. “When a world renowned company like Alcoa
expands here in Tennessee, it shows we can compete in the global
marketplace, and it strengthens Tennessee’s continued growth as a
leading automotive manufacturing state.”

The opening of the Tennessee facility follows Alcoa’s recent
announcement that it is commercializing its breakthrough MicromillTM
technology. Ford Motor Company and Alcoa
last week said that the automaker will debut Micromill material on its
2016 Ford F-150 truck. The companies also agreed to collaborate on
next-generation Micromill aluminum alloys for automotive parts.

Separately, Alcoa and Danieli Group announced
they have entered into a letter of intent to work toward an agreement to
sell Micromill equipment and license the patented Micromill technology
to potential customers around the world.

Editor’s Note: For B-roll footage and photos of the Tennessee
automotive expansion, visit the Alcoa website

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competitive developments, unexpected events, such as failure of
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that Alcoa is unable to supply aluminum sheet to automotive customers
from the Tennessee or other facilities in the quantities or by the dates
required, or that such material is not used in the volumes or on the
vehicles projected; and (d) the other risk factors discussed in Alcoa’s
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