Kaiser Aluminum Corporation engages in the production and sale of semi-fabricated specialty aluminum products. The company also owns a 49% interest in Anglesey Aluminium Limited, which owns and operates a secondary aluminum remelt and casting facility in Holyhead, Wales. Products The company manufactures rolled, extruded, and drawn aluminum products to serve four end market segments: aerospace and high strength products (which are referred to as Aero/HS products), general engineering products (which are referred to as GE products), extrusions for automotive applications (which are referred to as Automotive Extrusions), and other industrial products. Aero/HS Products: The company’s Aero/HS products include heat treat plate and sheet, as well as cold finish bar, drawn tube, hard alloy extrusions, and billet that are manufactured to demanding specifications for the global aerospace and defense industries. The company’s Aero/HS products are used for various end uses. It makes aluminum plate, sheet, extruded shapes, and tube for aerospace applications, and manufactures various specialized rod and bar products that are incorporated in various applications. In monolithic construction, aluminum plate is heavily machined to form the desired part from a single piece of metal (as opposed to creating parts using aluminum sheet, extrusions or forgings that are affixed to one another using rivets, bolts or welds). Military applications for heat treat plate and sheet include aircraft frames and skins. GE Products: The company’s GE products consist of 6000-series alloy rod, bar, tube, wire, sheet, plate, and standard extrusions. The 6000-series alloy is an extrudable medium-strength alloy that is heat treatable. The company’s GE products have a range of uses and applications, majority of which involve further fabrication of these products for various transportation and other industrial end market applications where machining of plate, rod and bar is intensive. Its products are used in the enhancement and production of military vehicles, semiconductor manufacturing cells, various electronic devices, after-market motor sport parts, and tooling plate. The company’s rod and bar products are manufactured into rivets, nails, screws, bolts, and parts of machinery and equipment. Automotive Extrusions: Automotive products consist of extruded aluminum products for various North American automotive applications. Extruded products that the company supplies to the automotive industry include extruded products for bumper systems, anti-lock braking systems and structural components, and drawn tube for drive shafts. For some Automotive Extrusions, the company performs limited fabrication, including sawing and cutting to length. Other Products: Other products consist of extruded, drawn, and cast aluminum products for a variety of North American industrial end uses, including consumer durables, electrical/electronic, machinery and equipment, light truck, heavy truck, and truck trailer applications. Sales, Marketing and Distribution Aero/HS Products: The company's majority of Aero/HS product shipments are sold to metal distributors with the remainder sold directly to end market application customers. Sales are made primarily under contracts, as well as on an order-by-order basis. The company serves this market with a North American sales force focused on Aero/HS and GE products and direct sales representatives in Western Europe and China. GE Products: A majority of the company's GE products are sold to large metal distributors in North America. The company services this market with a North American sales force focused on GE and Aero/HS products. Automotive Extrusions: The company’s Automotive Extrusions are sold primarily to first tier automotive suppliers under annual or medium-term sales contracts. Majority of sales of Automotive Extrusions occur through direct channels using a North American direct sales force. Other Products: Other products are primarily sold directly to industrial end users under medium-term sales contracts. Sales of these products occur through direct channels using a North American direct sales force. Customers In 2012, the company had approximately 1,000 customers. Its major customer is Reliance Steel & Aluminum Company. Competition The company’s primary competitors in the global heat treated flat-rolled products are Alcoa and Constellium. In the extrusion market, it competes with various regional participants, as well as larger companies with a national presence, such as SAPA, Norsk Hydro, and Alcoa. History Kaiser Aluminum Corporation was founded in 1987.
kaiser aluminum corp (KALU:NASDAQ GS)
27422 Portola Parkway
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
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