French manufacturer Aerolia has signed a five-year materials supply deal with ThyssenKrupp Aerospace.
As part of the agreement, ThyssenKrupp will invest in a new facility at Albert-Picardie in northern France.
ThyssenKrupp will manage the storage, processing and supply of up to 10,000t of aluminium a year on behalf of Aerolia, which Aerolia says will free it up to invest in composites and other technologies.
"This agreement is a major step forward. It will enable us to focus on our core business and assist the implementation of our strategy of becoming an independent business," says Aerolia vice-president of procurement Raphael Duflos.
Aerolia is a subsidiary of EADS.