Kaiser Aluminum sees strong order book in aerospace
"Although timing of the Boeing 737-MAX resolution remains uncertain, our aerospace order book is strong with solid visibility well into 2020," said Jack A. Hockema, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our Trentwood facility has been operating near capacity for more than a decade as growing demand for our aerospace and general engineering plate has absorbed six separate phases of capacity expansion. As aerospace demand has further increased over the past twelve months, our order book has been exceptionally strong resulting in the need to allocate some of our general engineering plate capacity to meet our strong customer demand. "We expect to have increased capacity available in 2020 as we continue to realize the full benefits of the Trentwood modernization in addition to expecting significantly less downtime than we experienced in the first half 2019. However, as we continue to monitor the long-term needs of our customers, our team has developed a future state vision for additional brown site expansions at Trentwood that can be implemented in phases to accommodate expected customer demand needs well beyond the next decade. We are closely evaluating those needs and opportunities to assess timing for the next phases of expansion," concluded Mr. Hockema.