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March 26, 2013 - Issoire, France

A 52 M EUR investment to meet a growing aerospace demand for highperformingsolutions

Earlier today, Constellium held a major ceremony topresent to its customers and partners its ground-breaking casthouse inIssoire(Puy-de-Dôme, France) dedicated to low density alloys. The eventsignals theindustrialization of its highly innovative AIRWARE®technology, whichdemonstrates a unique combination of strength, lightness, resistance tofatigueand recyclability. "These properties enable AIRWARE® solutions tobe at thefore when it comes to choosing aerospace materials. We believeAIRWARE® is atrue game changer that contributes to delivering a more efficient,costeffective and greener industry", said Christophe Villemin,President ofConstellium's Global Aerospace activities.

AIRWARE® is already making a difference for airframe makers. Ithas beenselected for the Airbus A350 XWB (internal wing structures,fuselage), theBombardier C-Series (fuselage) and the SpaceX Falcon 9 Launcher. EricZanin,Airbus Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer Procurement,said:"AIRWARE® has been a major opportunity to further extend ourpartnership withConstellium. This project illustrates our common efforts to developinnovativeplatforms and to ensure technological leadership. This casthouseshowcasesConstellium's ability to support our ambitions".

"We want to make a compelling case for selecting AIRWARE®, at atime whensupply chain reliability and on-time delivery are key decisiondrivers. Ourresponsibility as partners of the aerospace industry is to makeinnovationwidely available," added Christophe Villemin. "We believe theAIRWARE®casthouse gives proof of our commitment to customers through ourcapacity todeliver innovation. This is an exciting development that we expect willallow usto meet new opportunities, such as those existing in the strategictwin-aisleand single aisle markets".

The success of AIRWARE® goes far beyond product innovation.Constellium had toreinvent some manufacturing processes to industrialize this technology,adoptinga 360° approach to innovation. A total amount of EUR52 million isdedicated tothis project, which included a pilot phase that took place inConstellium's R&Dcenter in Voreppe (Isère) three years ago. Constellium believes theAIRWARE®casthouse strengthens Constellium's integrated manufacturing system,whichbrings together aerospace plants from Issoire, Ravenswood (USA) andSierre(Switzerland).

About Constellium

Constellium, formerly Alcan Engineered Products, is a global sector leaderthatdevelops innovative, value added aluminium products and solutions for abroadscope of markets and applications, including aerospace, automotive,packagingand industry.Constellium is owned by affiliates of Apollo Global Management (51%), RioTinto(39%) and the "Fonds Stratégique d'Investissement" FSI (10%). Witharound 8,900employees Constellium generated approximately EUR3.61 billion of revenue in2012.


AIRWARE® is a breakthrough technology designed for all parts of anaircraftstructure (fuselage, wings and tail fins). Drawing on anengineeredmicrostructure exploiting nanoscale strengthening, AIRWARE®allows planemanufacturers to reduce the weight of aerospace components by up to 25%,takingadvantage of lower alloy density, improved material properties andre-design ofstructural parts - a real benefit for airlines, for which fuelrepresents30-40% of their costs. In addition, its superior resistance tocorrosion andfatigue enables extended heavy maintenance intervals. It allowsaircraft toreduce CO(2) emissions and its 100% recyclability makes a majorcontribution toa sustainable aerospace industry.

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