December 16, 2013
Alcoa signs long-term agreement with Airbus
Alcoa (AA) has signed a multi-year supply agreement with Airbus valued at approximately $110m for value-add titanium and aluminum aerospace forgings. Alcoa will produce the parts using its recently modernized 50,000-ton press in Cleveland, Ohio. This press uses state-of-the-art controls to meet stringent aerospace specifications and is uniquely capable of producing the world’s largest and most complex titanium, nickel, steel and aluminum forgings. Alcoa will supply titanium parts, including forgings used to connect the wing structure to the engine, for the A320neo, Airbus’s most fuel-efficient single-aisle jet. The agreement also includes several large aluminum forgings for the A330 and A380—including the A380 inner rear wing spar, which is the largest aerospace forging in the world— that will be made using Alcoa’s proprietary 7085 alloy intended specifically for large structural aircraft components. Most of these forgings support the wing structure where strength-to-weight ratio is critical to efficient flight performance.