Oct. 4, 2014, 9:09 AM
- Paris-based Constellium (NYSE:CSTM) said yesterday it would buy privately-held Wise Metals, located in Alabama, in a deal valued at $1.4B - $455M in cash and the assumption of $945M in debt - as it aims to capture more of the growing U.S. market for automotive aluminum sheet.
- CSTM is looking to compete in the U.S. with Alcoa (NYSE:AA) and India's Hindalco Industries (OTC:HNDNF), which have recently expanded auto sheet production.
- Automakers' use of aluminum is growing as they try to meet new government fuel efficiency standards by making cars lighter; CSTM believes the North American market for aluminum used for car bodies could grow to ~2M tons by 2025 from less than 100K tons in 2012.
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