01 April 2009
Corporate News
Corus opens aerospace service centre in China

Corus has today opened a new service centre in China to supply the country’s growing aerospace industry.

Aerospace Service Centre Suzhou Ltd (ASC Suzhou) is modelled on Corus’ successful aerospace supply operation in the UK, ASC Bolton, which is one of the company’s key routes to the European aerospace market.

ASC Suzhou will stock, break bulk and process specialist aerospace steels produced at its Stocksbridge plant in the UK. It will also supply other materials, particularly non-ferrous metals, from third parties as part of a comprehensive materials service package for customers in China.

Given the importance of material tracking in the aerospace supply chain, a key element of ASC Suzhou’s offer will be the ability to provide high-quality material with the right certification and a high degree of traceability.

Suzhou is a city in eastern China less than 1 hour inland from Shanghai. The new company is located in the Free Trade Zone in Suzhou industrial park, where an aerospace hub is being created.

Peter Hogg, General Manager Corus Speciality Steel and Chairman of ASC Suzhou, said: “This new facility gives Corus Speciality Steels a link in China’s aerospace supply chain and is an important step in extending our position in higher-value, specialist applications. Some of our existing customers in the sector are already located in Suzhou and we have high hopes of being able to participate in Chinese aerospace developments such as the China Big Jet programme.”

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Corus is Europe's second largest steel producer with annual revenues of more than £12 billion and crude steel capacity of about 20 million tonnes.  With main steelmaking operations primarily in the UK and the Netherlands, Corus supplies steel and related services to the construction, automotive, packaging, mechanical engineering and other markets worldwide.  Corus is a subsidiary of Tata Steel, one of the world’s top ten steel producers.  Following the acquisition of Corus in 2007, the combined enterprise has an aggregate crude steel capacity of more than 28 million tonnes and approximately 82,700 employees across four continents.

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