LONDON The England-based
division of Indian steel producer Tata Steel Ltd. will design a
specialty aerospace-grade steel plant with German plant
manufacturer SMS Mevac GmbH.
Although the companies have not
committed to building a plant, the designs are for Tatas
specialty steels business in Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire.
The designs will be for a vacuum
induction melter (VIM) steel plant, with the capacity to
extract trace elements from steel through degassing in a
low-pressure vacuum. The steel would then be refined further by
VIM steels are typically used in
aircraft engines and landing gears, which need steel with few
impurities for high corrosion resistance and strength. Sources
told AMM that the U.S. aerospace industry would be one
market for the plants output.
"Our aerospace customers have
been eager to see Tata Steel make a solid commitment to them by
expanding its capability and integrating VIM into its existing
U.K. asset structure," said Richard Bell, Tatas
commercial director for speciality steels.
A version of this article was first
published by AMM sister publication Steel