Aleris Signs Multi-Year Contract With Airbus

By Aleris, PRNE
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

BEACHWOOD, Ohio, June 23, 2011 -

Aleris announced that it has signed a five-year contract to
provide aluminum plate and sheet in a range of alloys to Airbus for
its global programs. The agreement covers supply for the years 2012
through 2016, and reconfirms Aleris’s longstanding position as a
major supplier and strategic partner to Airbus.

The agreement also includes the development of a recycling
program, where Aleris will recycle scrap for Airbus.  Aleris
is a leader in merchant aluminum recycling.

“Aleris and Airbus have enjoyed a productive and beneficial
15-year partnership,” said Steven J. Demetriou, Aleris chairman and
chief executive officer. “This contract strengthens our position as
a key global supplier to Airbus, and as a leading supplier of
aluminum in the aerospace industry.  Airbus will benefit from
the advanced manufacturing capabilities and research and
development investments that enable us to provide increasingly
sophisticated aluminum solutions for customer needs.”

Product will be produced by Aleris at its state-of-the-art plant
in Koblenz, Germany and at its Duffel, Belgium operations, which
support the company’s advanced production capability for aircraft
sheet.  Aleris also will supply plate to Airbus from its new
plate mill in China when construction of that plant is completed in
late 2012.  ”We believe that our $300 million investment in
the China plant uniquely positions Aleris to supply plate from Asia
to customers in a variety of industries,” said Demetriou.

Demetriou and Roeland Baan, Aleris executive vice president and
chief executive officer, Europe and Asia, attended the signing
ceremony at the Paris Air Show.  Attending for Airbus were
Klaus Richter, executive vice president, Procurement, and Eric
, senior vice president and head of Material and Parts

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 href="">

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