Alcoa (Pittsburgh, Penn.) says its Alcoa Fastening Systems business will create two new 50,000 square-feet manufacturing sites in the Suzhou Industrial Park, 100 km from Shanghai, to support rapidly growing commercial aviation and railway/rail car production and sub-assembly in that market. Earlier this year, Alcoa Fastening Systems opened a full service logistics center in Shanghai.
The new facilities will incorporate the latest in available manufacturing technology plus Alcoa Business System lean methodologies. One plant will be dedicated to the production of select aerospace fastening systems; while the other will produce fasteners for Alcoa's rail car/transportation customers. Selection of the specific products to be produced is being carefully considered and coordinated with the company's major customers around the world.
Production at the railway/rail car fastener facility is slated to begin operation by the end of this year. The aerospace fasteners plant is expected to start production by October 2006. Minimum employment at the two facilities is expected to total 250 people by 2007.