Wednesday, November 14, 2012

News: Tata Steel expands aerospace activities in China


Tata Steel has expanded its aerospace operations in the growing export market of China by opening its second aerospace service centre in the country.

The new facility in Xi'an complements its existing operation in Suzhou, opened in 2009, and aims to serve the growing demand for aerospace materials in the region.

It will serve a growing aerospace manufacturing base in the region, which already accounts for 40% of the total aerospace manufacturing capacity in China.

The demand for aerospace material is primarily driven by the supply chains for the Chinese state-owned aerospace companies COMAC and AVIC, but also includes an increasing number of collaborations and joint ventures between existing Tata Steel customers, such as Safran, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Rolls-Royce, Moog, Goodrich and Liebherr, and state-owned companies that feed into these.

Mark Broxholme, managing director of Speciality Steels at Tata Steel, said: "Following on from the development of our successful operation in Suzhou, this facility not only allows us to continue to serve our existing customer base as they develop and grow in Xi'an, but also allows us to forge new relationships with the expanding Chinese-owned aerospace manufacturing base."

Tata Steel (formerly Corus) has been a leading manufacturer of aerospace steels for more than 60 years and supplies special steels to aerospace component manufacturers around the world from the company's South Yorkshire sites.

Investment in 2005 saw the Rotherham site at Aldwarke become the focus for steel making, casting and rolling of specialist steels. The steel is manufactured at the Rotherham site before undergoing further refining at the Stocksbridge plant or the Thrybergh Bar Mill to improve the quality.

A recent £6.5m investment in aerospace steel production has boosted output of these steels by 30% and safeguarded the South Yorkshire jobs.

The steel ranges from high strength, high integrity structural steels to high temperature alloy and stainless steels. It is used in landing gear and aircraft engines including the landing gear of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Tata Steel website

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