There’s more hot news on the supply chain front, though not to everyone’s liking.this detroit free press A fire was reported at the plant of Tier 1 automotive OEM supplier Dicastal North America in Greenville, Michigan at around 9:45 p.m. Friday. Discastal North America’s website says it makes “lightweight aluminum alloy wheels,” and its customer list includes Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan and Toyota. The cause of the Friday night fire is still under investigation, and emergency responders said it appeared to start around a blast furnace room where molten aluminum and magnesium are prepared for the wheel-making process. Whatever caused the burn was powerful enough to blast the backside of the building’s northeast corner, creating a debris pile outside that consisted of material from inside the plant. Residents miles away claim their homes are shaking from the initial boom.

The North American branch is a subsidiary of the Chinese company CITIC Dicastal Corporation. The Chinese headquarters claims to be “the world’s largest supplier of aluminum alloy wheels”. car news Based on sales, the company ranks 58th in the 2020 Top 100 Global Automotive Suppliers.

One employee was injured in the blast and the man was taken to an area hospital with severe burns. All workers have been counted. First responders said they contained the burns within four hours and within six hours.

Aluminum and magnesium smelting is dangerous work at the best of times. In 2014, an explosion at the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Factory near Shanghai, China, killed 75 people and injured 185. The cause of the fire was aluminum powder produced during the polishing process of aluminum wheels; Kunshan Zhongrong not only polishes aluminum wheels for General Motors, but also a component supplier for Dicastal. It was one of the worst factory explosions in recent memory and one of a series of events that prompted the Chinese government to overhaul factory safety standards at the time.

In terms of fire, Dicastal has been here for a while. A smaller fire broke out at the same location two months ago, on the roof, and was said to be centered on machines collecting metal dust from industrial processes. In July 2020, three simultaneous fires broke out at the plant. In October 2019, a fire broke out in another dust collection area, and a report at the time mentioned “several fires at the DNA factory over a three-year period”. If we turn to legal fires, the FBI raided the plant last July for undisclosed reasons.

We don’t yet know what potential damage the event might cause. Dicastal’s factory here normally runs around the clock, and while structures in the area where the explosion occurred were severely damaged, other parts of the factory were still working.Automakers among Reporting Clients of Responses freedThe inquiries either said there would be no repercussions or that they were looking into the matter.

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