Kobe Steel to Produce Aluminium Auto
Extrusions in U.S.

audi-fae23Kobe Steel announced it would manufacture and sell aluminium extrusions for the automotive sector in the US. The new business will operate through a company called Kobelco Aluminium Products and Extrusions (KPEX) in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

KPEX will make bumper materials for cars and car frame materials. The new company will have an integrated production facility, with operations ranging from melting to fabrication. Plans call for construction of the plant to begin this summer. Fabrication will start in the latter half of 2017, and the melting to extrusion processes will begin in the latter half of 2018. Total spend is expected to reach $46.7 million, and KPEX anticipates creating 110 jobs.

KPEX will have a melting and casting line, an extrusion press and two bumper fabrication lines. Production capacity is estimated at about 500 tons per month. READ MORE …

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