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High Quality Extrusions for Railway and Urban Transit Applications in China

Walter Engelmann, Guenter Uetz and Jiang Sha, Corus Aluminum Extrusions

Track: MANAGEMENT ISSUES - Globalization

ABSTRACT --- With a population of 1.3 billion and an increasing demand for mobility,
China needs to provide adequate mass transportation to its citizens. Out of the 40
cities with more than 1 million inhabitants, only five have a metro system. About 50
metro projects and several high-speed railway lines are planned to be taken into
operation within the next 20 years. International and local Chinese rolling stock
manufacturers are preparing to provide the required capacities. With a huge demand of
medium- and large-sized extrusions with high quality requirements, this market is also
a big challenge for Chinese extruders. In 2000, Corus Aluminium Extrusions has
established a joint venture company in Tianjin operating a modern 55MN extrusion
press with processing equipment capable to meet the high quality requirements of the
railway and metro manufacturers. After know-how transfer from the European parent
company and developing sufficient suppliers for billets and extrusion dies, Corus
Aluminium Extrusions Tianjin became the first extruder in China qualified as supplier
for the international rolling stock companies.

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