CHICAGO Triton Systems
Inc. and Specialty Materials Inc. (SMI) are teaming in a
collaboration keyed to manufacture fiber-reinforced aluminum
The material is a lightweight
alternative to steel and aluminum for the defense, aerospace
and transportation markets, the companies said in a release
Lowell, Mass.-based SMI has
designed a "high-volume" FRA production facility that is
expected to come online in late 2013, the companies said.
Chelmsford, Mass.-based Triton will continue to develop
next-generation FRA products at its pilot plant, they said.
The material was developed by
Triton to make turbopump housings and helicopter gearbox
components for the military, the companies said. Other
applications include internal combustion engine components,
high-temperature heat exchangers and bearing liners.
"Triton has an established
relationship with SMI, and they are a trusted source in the
industry for composite materials," Triton president and chief
executive officer Ross Haghighat said. "FRA offers lightweight,
high-strength alternatives that the industry demands and SMI
can deliver qualified production to meet those
"FRA is a complementary material
to our suite of products, and were geared up to take this
product to volume manufacturing," SMI president and chief
executive officer Monte Treasure said.