NEW YORK Carpenter
Technology Corp. expects to start up its premium alloy facility
in Limestone County, Ala., three months ahead of schedule.
The company now plans to start
up the facility in January rather than in April 2014, as
previously announced, in a bid to capture burgeoning demand in
the aerospace and energy end-markets, senior vice president of
global operations David Strobel told AMM. "The hope is
to move up (the start-up date) by a quarter, though there are a
lot of things that can happen between now and then. Well
continue to be aggressive, because the demand for our products
is there and will continue to grow."
Strobel said that much of the
construction at the site has been completed, with the company
expecting to take delivery of the facilitys new radial
forgepreviously described as the "worlds largest"
amm.com, June 14)in midsummer. "The overall
schedule is tracking well, so when that press is in place
well go about the work of getting it up and running," he
The Wyomissing, Pa.-based
company has already hired 53 workers for the new facility,
including 18 in the laboratory operations. "With the types of
materials we want to put through with this facility, obviously
the certification of the lab is very important to us," Strobel
said. "These are some of the most demanding products with the
most stringent qualifications."
He expressed confidence that
there will be sustained demand for the premium alloys produced
at the new facility, particularly from the aerospace sector.
"If you look at the build rates at Boeing (Co.) and Airbus
(SAS)and from a technology standpoint with the newer
engines and lightweightingtheres going to be
ongoing demand there, not just in the (United) States, but
worldwide," he said.
Strobel said the company would
hold to its previously announced goal of producing 10,000 tons
in the facilitys first calendar year of operation, even
if it does open ahead of schedule.
The new facility will have an
annual production capacity of 27,000 tons.