Carpenter Technology Corp. says that operations will begin soon at its new superalloy powder facility in Alabama as part of a multi-level agreement with United Technologies Corporation’s (UTC) Pratt & Whitney Division. Carpenter will supply Pratt & Whitney with superalloy powder for up to 20 years once qualifications are satisfied. UTC’s aerospace business units have agreed to purchase alloy steel bar/billet, nickel superalloy billet, stainless bar/billet, and strip laminate products from Carpenter for a period of 10 years.
In other news, Carpenter announced that a leading European aerospace engine manufacturer has approved the manufacture of a nickel-based high-temperature alloy at its new manufacturing facility in Athens, Ala. Carpenter began operations in Athens in January 2014 and is currently undergoing multiple qualification approvals, some of which take more than 24 months to complete. The recently approved nickel-based alloy is used in aerospace engine rings.