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ATI lands titanium strip aerospace deal

Keywords: Tags  titanium, Allegheny Technologies, ATI, Allegheny Ludlum, Goodrich, Rich Harshman, aerospace, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) has landed a new aerospace role for its titanium strip.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Goodrich Corp. has chosen the Pittsburgh-based specialty metals producer to supply a thin, flat-rolled product for the heated floor panels installed on commercial aircraft, ATI said.

The strip is Grade 2 titanium, a commercially pure product that is primarily used in non-aerospace industrial markets.

The strip supplied to Goodrich, produced by the company’s ATI Allegheny Ludlum Corp. unit, is just 0.012 inch thick but is 42 inches wide.

An ATI spokesman stressed that the Goodrich application called for a material that is durable but also lightweight.

One of the most distinctive characteristics of the strip, according to ATI, is its width for a product of its thinness. In fact the term strip, as commonly used in the United States, often refers to flat-rolled material that’s less than 24 inches in width. This is ATI’s first aerospace application for thin strip this wide, the spokesman said.

ATI was unable to say what product its titanium strip would replace on the panels, or the amount of material involved. A spokesman for Goodrich, which is also one of the world’s major suppliers of aircraft landing gear, declined to comment further.

Rich Harshman, ATI’s president, chairman and chief executive officer, noted that ATI produces titanium foils as thin as 0.0005 inch, about half the thickness of household aluminum foil. ATI’s ability to supply the thin and wide product is due to the company’s integrated supply chain in titanium, which runs from sponge through melting, hot rolling and finishing, he said.

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