Airbus signs five-year contract with Aleris

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Aleris International and Airbus have entered into a five-year contract to supply the airframer with aluminium plates and sheets from 2012 to 2016.

In addition, the deal includes the development of a recycling programme, where Aleris will recycle scrap aluminium for Airbus.

The aluminium alloy manufacturer will produce the aluminium parts at its plant in Koblenz, Germany and its Duffel, Belgium operations will support the company's production capability for aircraft sheets.

It will supply plates to Airbus from its new plate mill in China when construction of that plant is completed in late 2012.