LONDON Alcoa Inc. has completed the expansion of its
Kitts Green facility in the United Kingdom and expects its
aluminum lithium business annual revenues to quadruple to
$200 million within six years as a result, the company said
The Kitts Green expansion was the second phase of the
three-part expansion program by the company to satisfy customer
demand for advanced aerospace products and patented alloys,
which allow airframers to build more fuel-efficient and
lower-cost airplanes versus composite alternatives, Alcoa
Our new aluminum lithium alloys provide the best
strength-to-weight performance in our aerospace alloy
portfolio, combined with better stiffness, damage tolerance and
corrosion resistance, the Pittsburgh-based company
The alloys are used in extrusions, forgings, sheet and plate
applications across aircraft structures, including airplane
wings and fuselage components.
The first part of the expansion program was a 30-percent
increase in capacity at Alcoas technology center in
Pennsylvania while the third part will be constructing a new
$90-million facility near the companys plant in
Lafayette, Ind., that will add 20,000 tonnes per year of
aluminum lithium production.
The new facility will supply round and rectangular ingot
for rolled, extruded and forged applications, in sizes
compatible with the largest aluminum aerospace components in
service today, Alcoa said.
The Lafayette expansion is scheduled to be completed by the end
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.