Kaiser Aluminum Corporation (KALU) is a leading producer of semi-fabricated specialty aluminum products, serving a variety of industries, including aerospace, defense, automotive, and general engineering. The company was founded in 1946 by Henry J. Kaiser, an American industrialist, and was initially created to meet the growing demand for aluminum during World War II.
Kaiser Aluminum focuses on the production of high-quality, value-added aluminum products, such as extrusions, forgings, rod and bar products, seamless drawn tubes, and custom profiles. The company’s product portfolio is tailored to meet the specific needs of its customers in terms of performance, quality, and technical specifications.
Kaiser Aluminum’s operations are organized into three main segments:
- Aerospace and High Strength (AHS): This segment provides aluminum products for the aerospace and defense industries, including aircraft structural components, aircraft skins, and aerospace-grade extrusions, forgings, and seamless drawn tubes. The company’s products are used by leading aircraft manufacturers, such as Boeing and Airbus, as well as in military applications.
- Automotive Extrusions (AU): This segment specializes in the production of aluminum extrusions for various automotive applications, such as structural components, crash management systems, and heat exchangers. The company works closely with automakers to develop lightweight and high-performance solutions that contribute to improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.
- General Engineering (GE): This segment offers a range of aluminum products, including extrusions, rod and bar products, and seamless drawn tubes for general industrial applications in sectors such as energy, transportation, machinery and equipment, and construction.
Kaiser Aluminum is committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility, focusing on energy efficiency, waste reduction, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction across its operations. The company also promotes the recycling of aluminum, as it is a highly recyclable material that can be used multiple times without losing its properties.