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

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.

Automotive sheet production at Nanshan
Cold mill at Nanshan

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.


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

Services Involved

  • Automotive Sheet Knowledge Transfer & Training Package
  • Automotive Lightweighting
  • Aluminium Rolling

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

Innoval’s experience and technical expertise has helped us to rapidly increase the knowledge of our workforce, so that we can produce automotive sheet to world-class standards and will qualify with our OEM customers sooner.

Sun Xueming, Deputy General Manager of Aero Material Business Division, Nanshan Aluminum Co., Ltd.