Automotive Sheet Training at Nanshan Aluminum

Background

The Aviation Material Division of Shandong Nanshan Aluminum Co., Ltd. (Nanshan) is part of the Nanshan Group, which includes more than 30 enterprises. Their facility in the industrial park of Donghai, in the Chinese province of Shandong, is the largest of its type in Asia. It includes a melting and casting plant, a hot and cold rolling plant and a foil rolling plant. The markets served by Nanshan include aviation, marine, automotive and packaging amongst others.

How we were involved

Automotive sheet production at Nanshan

Cold mill at Nanshan

In 2015, following the installation of a new hot mill, cold mill and finishing line to produce automotive sheet, the technical team at Nanshan contacted us to accelerate their understanding of the product. Automotive sheet is a new product line for Nanshan and they wanted to make the route to OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) qualification as short as possible.

Drawing on the huge amount of technical expertise in automotive sheet that we have within Innoval, we provided a package of know-how tailored to the processing equipment at Nanshan. The package focussed on the specific parameters which must be controlled at each production stage in order to achieve the product quality required by European OEMs. It was supported by a three-day on-site training course which covered, amongst other topics, detailed product metallurgy, control of surfaces and how automotive sheet is used by OEMs.

Outcome

Following the training course, we are continuing to support the implementation of know-how at Nanshan with frequent site visits and on-going consultancy as part of a multi-year contract.

More information about our Automotive Sheet Knowledge Transfer & Training Package, which was used by Nanshan, can be found in the link below.

Services Involved

This case study appears as an article in the 2016 edition of ‘innform’; the newsletter of Innoval Technology.

Gary Mahon

Gary leads our Materials Development Group and is also our Managing Director. He’s been working as a metallurgist in the aluminium industry for 25 years and has a huge amount of experience in automotive sheet and extrusions, beverage can sheet, foil and foilstock, aerospace plate, sheet and extrusions.

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