Research & Development
To meet evolving customer demands, Aleris Duffel has multiple innovation centers (IC) focused on developing high-performance, sustainable solutions for our customers as well as continuously improving processes. Each center includes two teams — one focused on R&D and one focused on production. The R&D team engineers new materials that help Aleris become the supplier of choice. The product team helps identify the most efficient processes and technologies for making each product. Together, the centers are helping drive innovations in materials, recyclability and process efficiency:
Aachen, Germany, uses advanced research and modeling techniques to support customers’ Internal R&D and process improvement efforts to help them meet their design, development and manufacturing objectives.
Duffel, Belgium, focuses on our automotive coil and sheet business segments. Examples of recent initiatives include:
- Definition of alloys, processes and products that allow automotive customers to move from steel to aluminum bodies, and enable the use of high levels of recycled content or closed-loop partnerships with our customers
- Particular focus on corrosion-resistant external body sheet that provides larger design freedom due to improved formability and increased passenger and pedestrian safety in the event of a crash