LOS ANGELES Ducommun Inc. has entered a four-year
contract to perform chemical milling services on the titanium
fan blades for the Airbus A380s engine.
Carson, Calif.-based Ducommuns AeroStructures facility in
El Mirage, Calif., will chemically mill turbine blades for
engine components manufacturer TECT Power, a unit of Asheville,
N.C.-based TECT Corp. The contract, which runs through 2016,
has a potential value of $6 million, Ducommun said.
The blades are used on Engine Alliance LLCs GP7200
engines, which power Toulouse, France-based Airbus SAS
A380 airliner. Engine Alliance is a joint venture between
United Technologies Corp.s Pratt & Whitney unit and
General Electric Co.s GE Aviation unit.
The agreement with TECT Power "represents new growth for
Ducommun" as a supplier of critical rotating components and
assemblies for turbine engines, Ducommun chairman, president
and chief executive officer Anthony J. Reardon said in a
Chemical milling is typically used to help maintain the
strength of contoured parts while reducing weight. In addition
to titanium, Ducommun AeroStructures chemically mills aluminum
and steel parts for the A380 program, the company said.
The GP7200 is one of two engines being used in the A380. The
other is the Trent 900 by British engine builder Rolls Royce