Arconic has officially opened its expanded aluminium and titanium aerospace parts facility in Bestwig, Germany. The expansion increases the company’s production capacity to meet growing demand from commercial aircraft customers for lightweight titanium investment castings for the aerospace industry.
“We have significantly invested in Arconic Bestwig’s capabilities, almost doubling our titanium parts production capacity, and have added state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment as part of our efforts to better serve our customers,” said Jeremy Halford, president of Arconic’s Engineered Structures business. “Combined with our previous investments in Bestwig, this latest expansion is providing additional capacity to deliver even more of the titanium components our customers need to build aircraft at high volumes.” The expansion is enabling increased production of large titanium structural castings up to 1.5 metres in diameter for leading commercial aircraft platforms. The expanded facility employs the latest in advanced manufacturing equipment for more efficient production.
Arconic completed construction on the expansion in early 2017. Phase one of commercial production started in the second quarter of 2017 and phase two began in the second quarter of 2018. The expansion has created around 70 new jobs. Arconic has been investing in increased capacity to capture growth in the global aerospace market and support customers’ historic aerospace ramp. It recently launched expansions to increase aero engine parts production in Whitehall, Michigan and Morristown, Tennessee and installed advanced aerospace plate manufacturing capabilities in Davenport, Iowa.