Bodycote announced that it will expand its heat-treatment network in France with a new facility in Toulouse. The new location, which is dedicated to the assembly and strengthening of titanium and aluminum structural parts for the aerospace industry, is expected to open for business in the first quarter of 2013. In addition to heat-treatment services such as annealing and straightening of large aerospace structural parts, the plant will also provide electron-beam welding, a specialized method of metal joining. The new facility, which will serve prime aerospace manufacturers and their supply chains, brings the number of Bodycote plants in France to 30.