Carpenter currently supplies UTC's aerospace businesses with a portion of their overall demand for nickel, stainless, and strip laminate products.
Carpenter currently supplies UTC's aerospace businesses with a portion of their overall demand for nickel, stainless, and strip laminate products.

Carpenter Technology reports that operations will begin soon at its new superalloy powder facility in Alabama as part of its agreement with United Technologies Corporation's (UTC) Pratt & Whitney Division. The agreement with UTC was signed in October 2013, and includes Carpenter supplying Pratt & Whitney with superalloy powder for up to 20 years once qualifications are satisfied.

‘We're extremely excited to produce an aerospace superalloy powder with demand volumes directly linked to the move by engine manufacturers to develop better fuel-efficient engines,’ said Gregory A. Pratt, Carpenter's chairman, president and CEO. ‘Carpenter is also optimistic that demand for superalloy powder will begin to grow in other key markets we serve.’

As part of the agreement, UTC's aerospace business units (Pratt & Whitney, Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp., UTC Aerospace Systems and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation) have agreed to purchase alloy steel bar/billet, nickel superalloy billet, stainless bar/billet, and strip laminate products from Carpenter for a period of ten years. Carpenter currently supplies UTC's aerospace businesses with a portion of their overall demand for nickel, stainless, and strip laminate products.

This story is reprinted from material from Carpenter, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.