Dec. 6, 2017

Arconic to Install New Heat Treat Furnace in Iowa

Arconic Inc. will install a new horizontal heat treat furnace at its Davenport Works facility in Iowa. The project will enhance the company’s ability to serve aerospace and industrial markets.

This new furnace will enable Arconic to heat treat longer and thicker plate than ever before, including material for Arconic’s recently installed Thick Plate Stretcher, which began commercial production this year and is the largest thick plate stretcher in the world, the company claims. Executives say the need for thick aluminum plate is growing, particularly as demand for composite wings, made with monolithic thick plate wing ribs, increases.

“This investment will help meet both existing and future customer demand,” says Tim Myers, president, Global Rolled Products and Transportation and Construction Solutions. “With this new capability, we will meet increasing demand for plate used for aircraft wing ribs, skins and other structural components, particularly in single-aisle builds. It also opens the door to growth in other markets, such as semi-conductors for consumer electronics and injection molding for automotive applications.”

Construction on the project is expected to begin late this year with commercial production expected to start in 2019.


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