The agreement covers supply between 2012 and 2016, and also includes the development of a recycling programme, where Aleris will recycle scrap for Airbus.

Product will be produced by Aleris at its Koblenz, Germany and Duffel, Belgium operations, which support the company's production capability for aircraft sheet.

Aleris also will supply plate to Airbus from its new plate mill in China when construction of the $300M plant is completed in late 2012.