Arconic is to invest US$100m to expand its hot mill capability and add downstream equipment capabilities to manufacture industrial and automotive aluminium products at its Tennessee Operations facility near Knoxville.

Customer commitments for the majority of the anticipated increase in capacity are already in place and the remainder is expected to be filled by projected customer demand. The project, which should create 70 new jobs, is already underway and will be complete by the fourth quarter of 2020.

“This investment will add capacity to meet growing demand for industrial products and automotive aluminium sheet,” said Arconic Global Rolled Products business president, Tim Myers.

“With this expansion, we are further diversifying the portfolio of one of our largest North American facilities.”

The industrial market consists of products made with common alloy aluminium sheet, which is used in applications for commercial transportation, appliances, machinery and construction.

In the automotive market, aluminium is used in applications from bumper to bumper, and demand for automotive aluminium sheet in North America is expected to double in the next ten years, according to a report published in 2017 by research firm, Ducker Worldwide.

Arconic’s expansion of the Tennessee facility’s capacity continues its growth strategy which started with its $300m expansion (completed in 2015) to capture growing demand for automotive aluminium sheet.