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Fire at OEM wheel supplier Dicastal in Michigan leaves one injured

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It’s not to everyone’s delight, but there’s even more hot news in the supply chain. of detroit free press report At about 9:45 p.m. Friday night, a fire broke out at Tier 1 automotive OEM supplier Dicastal North America’s plant in Greenville, Michigan. According to his website for Discastal North America, the company makes “lightweight aluminum alloy wheels” and its customer list includes Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota. The cause of Friday evening’s fire is under investigation, and emergency workers say it appears to have started around a blast furnace room where molten aluminum and magnesium are being prepared for the wheel-making process. Whatever was there was enough force to blast the backside of the northeast corner of the building, creating a pile of debris outside that consisted of the material that was inside the factory. Residents a few miles away claimed to have felt their homes shake with the initial boom.

The North American division is a subsidiary of the Chinese company CITIC Dicastal Co. The China headquarters calls itself “the world’s largest supplier of aluminum alloy wheels”. car news ranked the company 58th among the top 100 global automotive suppliers based on 2020 sales.

One employee was injured in the explosion and a man was taken to a local hospital with severe burns. All workers are explained. Paramedics said the burns he had under control in four hours and were finished in six hours.

Smelting aluminum and magnesium is the most dangerous operation. In China in 2014, an explosion at a Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products factory near Shanghai killed 75 workers and injured 185.Not only Kunshan Zhongrong Polished aluminum wheels for GM vehicles, was a parts supplier for Dicastal. It was one of the worst factory explosions in recent memory and one of a series of incidents that convinced the Chinese government at the time to review factory safety standards.

Dicastal spent some time here on the fire. small fire I visited the same place as two months ago. The site is said to be on the roof and centered around a machine that collects metal dust from industrial processes. Three fires occurred simultaneously At the factory in July 2020. Fire in separate dust collecting area October 2019, One report at the time mentioned “There have been several fires at the DNA plant within three years.” The FBI raided the factory Last July for reasons that have not yet been clarified.

It is not yet known what disruptions this incident may cause. His Dicastal factory here usually runs 24 hours a day, and the area where the explosion occurred has suffered extensive structural damage, but the rest of the factory is up and running.Reported Clients Responding Automakers FreepThe query said they are investigating the issue to see if it has any impact.

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