NEW YORK Materion Brush Performance Alloys has begun producing material on a vertical continuous caster (VCC) installed at its Lorain, Ohio, facility to meet growing demand for the companys ToughMet copper-nickel-tin alloy.
The ToughMet product line, which was introduced in 1999, has charted a decade of double-digit growth, with shipments of the alloy expanding at a compound rate greater than 20 percent annually since 2003, the Mayfield Heights, Ohio-based company said. "And growth is expected to continue at or near this pace for the next three years."
The new caster, which joins a VCC commissioned in 1997, will double Materions capacity to produce ToughMet and other high-performance alloys at Lorain.
Applications for the copper-nickel-tin alloy, which is said to offer a combination of strength, lubricity and corrosion- and wear-resistance under severe loading conditions, include the oil and gas, aerospace, heavy machinery and electronics markets. ToughMet is sold in bulk, strip, rod/wire and finished machined component product forms.
Materion Brush Performance Alloys is a unit of Materion Brush Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Materion Corp.