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Alcoa announces US$1b fastener deal with Airbus

Published:Tuesday | October 6, 2015 | 11:34 AMAP

Metals maker Alcoa, which said last week it will split itself into two companies, on Monday announced a US$1-billion contract with aircraft maker Airbus.

Alcoa will make bolts, nuts and rivets used to hold a variety of aircraft together. The company said the contract is its largest-ever fastener deal with Airbus, one of the biggest manufacturers of aircraft in the world. Alcoa's parts will be used in jets, including the A330, A320neo, and Airbus' newest commercial plane, the A350 XWB.

Through a string of deals, Alcoa has remade itself as a manufacturer of lightweight metal and alloy products for aerospace and autos. A week ago, Alcoa said it would split into two companies: the aerospace and auto segments will be part of a new, yet-to-be-named engineered products company, while its bauxite, aluminium and casting operations will keep the Alcoa name.

Alcoa says the engineered products business had about US$14.5 billion in revenue over the 12 months that ended June 30, and the upstream business had about US$13.2 billion in revenue over that period. The company expects to complete the split by late 2016.

Alcoa Inc is scheduled to report its third-quarter results after the market closes on Thursday. Its report is considered the start of the quarterly earnings period.