CHICAGO Alcoa Inc.s fastening systems unit has
inked a new strategic agreement with Commercial Aircraft of
China Ltd. (Comac).
The deal is expected to deepen Alcoas relationship with
Comac and boost its presence in Chinas growing aerospace
market, the Pittsburgh-based aluminum producer said.
This agreement establishes Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS)
as a key partner with Comac in the development and production
of its commercial C919 aircraft, AFS president Vitaliy
Rusakov said in a statement Jan. 28.
Alcoa has been supporting the requirements of the Chinese
aerospace market since 2005, Rusakov said.
AFS expects to provide technical assistance to Comac in
fastener and assembly tooling selection, joint design and
quality system management. In return, Shanghai-based Comac will
buy a significant percentage of its fasteners for
initial production of the C919 from AFS, the company
Alcoa had previously established a technological cooperation
agreement with Comac in 2009, the company said.