LOS ANGELES Allegheny
Technologies Inc. (ATI) has landed a new aerospace role for its
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 companys 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 thats less than 24 inches in width. This is
ATIs 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 worlds major suppliers of aircraft
landing gear, declined to comment further.
Rich Harshman, ATIs
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. ATIs ability to
supply the thin and wide product is due to the companys
integrated supply chain in titanium, which runs from sponge
through melting, hot rolling and finishing, he said.