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Italpresse - Ashok Leyland joined...

with the Finnish group Alteams in a new plant in Cheyyar, near Chennai, India

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Ashley Alteams, a joint venture between Ashok Leyland - the second Indian manufacturer of industrial vehicles - and Alteams OY - the Finnish light cast metal components manufacturer - in a new plant in Cheyyar, near Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu state, 90 km away from Chennai.

The group Ashlok Leyland, established in 1948, has manufactured 84.000 cars in its seven plants in 2007. Alteams was established in 1943 and is the bigger worldwide supplier of metallic components for the telecommunication industry. Alteams OY belongs to the group Kuusakoski, a company owning plants in the Baltic Republics, Russia, Poland, China, Sweden and England, that is at the forefront of the metal and scrap re-cycling business, with an average global turnover of 1 billion Euro, a production of 2,5 millions tons material, and a portfolio featuring raw material products, ferrous raw materials, recycled stainless steel products and non-ferrous and plastic products.

Ashley Alteams bought four Italpresse two-platens machines, serie TF (toggle free): 2 machines with 800 tons closing force, one with 1350 tons closing force and one with 2000 tons closing force. These new machines joined the previous two Italpresse machines, with 750 and 1650 tons closing force but with the traditional toggle system. Ashley Alteams is a pioneer in aluminium die casting including die design, manufacturing, selection of high-end fully automatic casting, CNC machining cells and testing facilities. In fact, the die casting machines are supported by 22 machines with numerical control for the mechanical machining.

ashokThe venture is expected to generate annual sales of 30 millions Euro, that will rise to 75 millions Euro in the next five years. Ashok Leyland's customers are Knorr Bremse and Cummins in the automotive field, and Nokia, Siemens Networks and Ericsson in the telecommunication industry.





The new unit produces aluminium high pressure die casting components for the automotive and telecommunication sectors. The initial investment of 20 millions Euro, for an initial yearly productive capacity of 5000 tons, will be enhanced to 10.000 tons progressively, with a further investment of additional 30 millions Euro.

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