Aleris Expands Capacity to Produce Wide Aluminum Sheet for Automotive Applications

By Aleris, PRNE
Sunday, May 8, 2011

BEACHWOOD, Ohio, May 9, 2011 - Aleris today announced that it will invest $70 million to install a new
cold rolling mill in its Duffel, Belgium facility in order to significantly
increase its capacity to produce wide automotive-body sheet. Product to be
produced by the Duffel plant will be the widest currently available in the

"We are making this investment to meet the increasing demand for aluminum
auto-body sheet and support our customers as they address increasingly
challenging emissions and fuel efficiency requirements," said Roeland Baan,
Aleris executive vice president and chief executive officer, Europe and Asia.
"This new cold mill, together with our existing capacity, will give us the
flexibility to produce sheet ranging up to 2200 mm. With the expanded
capacity, we are well positioned to meet a complete range of customer needs

Customer shipments of existing products are not expected to be affected
by construction of the new cold mill in Duffel. The company expects to begin
customer shipments of the wide sheet by the end of 2012.

About Aleris

Aleris is a privately-held, global leader in aluminum rolled products and
extrusions, aluminum recycling and specification alloy production.
Headquartered in Beachwood, Ohio, the company operates more than 40
production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. For more
information, visit

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