Weber press to boost aerospace titanium use

Apr 17, 2014 | 05:31 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  Weber Metals, forging press, Otto Fuchs, Rick Creed, Alcoa, nickel-alloy, aerospace, ASM International Wyman-Gordon

PARAMOUNT, Calif. — Weber Metals Inc. will build a new 60,000-ton aerospace forging press in California that will boost its titanium requirement and bring the company into the market for nickel-alloy forging inputs, president and chief executive officer J. Rick Creed confirmed.

"We’re going to do it again," Creed told AMM April 16, referring to the company’s plans to follow up construction of its Mesta Machine press with the new, larger press.

The project represents a $150-million to $200-million investment, he said in an interview during ceremonies to designate the 38,000-ton Mesta Machine press—built in 1982—as a historical landmark by material science and engineering society ASM International. Weber is looking to power up the press in mid-2017 and start turning out product in the fourth quarter of 2017, with full output due in 2018.....

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