HELICOPTERS In rotor-parts supply, Alcoa makes the world go round

Oct 01, 2007 | 03:02 PM |

Alcoa Inc. once said it anticipated the aerospace boom would peak this year, but now the big aluminum producer doesn't see demand starting to peter out until at least 2012.

In light of the new forecast, Alcoa is preparing to meet continued growth in demand for helicopter components with a range of expansion projects.

The Pittsburgh-based company, which supplies materials and components to dozens of helicopter and engine producers, including Airbus SAS, Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Boeing Co., General Electric Co. and Rolls Royce Plc, doesn't break down production activities between helicopters and other aircraft, but industry sources said Alcoa is the leading aluminum parts supplier to the helicopter industry. According to several market sources, Alcoa supplies more aluminum to the helicopter industry than Alcan Inc. and Kaiser Aluminum Corp. combined. They said the company is considered the 'go-to' supplier for helicopter and engine manufacturers ramping up production to meet rising demand.....

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