The $21M spend to debottleneck various processing centres is expected to increase the rolling mill’s heat treat plate capacity approximately 5% as it comes on stream during 2013.

Jack A Hockema, President, CEO said: “The three-phase plate expansion completed in late 2008 broadened our capabilities and more than doubled our heat treat plate production capacity.

“These debottlenecking plans leverage our strong manufacturing platform at Trentwood to further increase plate capacity in anticipation of exceptionally strong aerospace build rates in the coming years.”