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GE Aviation approves Tata Steel's UK testing facilities


India’s Tata Steel has received approval from General Electric (GE) Aviation for testing procedures at its UK laboratories, the steelmaker said in a statement on Monday April 30.

The speciality steel operations in South Yorkshire, England, received approval from the aircraft engine manufacturer after the US company conducted an audit of Tata’s units at Rotherham and Stocksbridge in March.

The approval coincides with Tata’s recent £6.5 million ($10.6 million) investment to complete developments at Stocksbridge.

Installing and commissioning new equipment to increase the facility’s aerospace steels manufacturing capacity allows the company to “support the increasingly specialist requirements of the world’s leading aerospace manufacturers”, Tata said.

“This approval is the latest endorsement of Tata Steel’s expertise from a leading aerospace manufacturer and will ensure that GE Aviation’s suppliers can count on us for their steel requirements,” Tata Steel speciality steels technology and development director Richard Farnsworth said.

GE Aviation is the fourth aero-engine company to approve Tata’s testing techniques, after UK-based Rolls-Royce, the USA’s Pratt & Whitney and France-headquartered Snecma, part of the Safran group.

Alexandra Chapman
Twitter: @AChapman_metalb 

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