European Recycling Facility Orders Three Furnaces
SECO/WARWICK Europe (Poland), together with RETECH Systems (U.S), will supply a comprehensive melt-shop equipment package to a new European facility for recycling aviation-grade titanium. Both companies belong to SECO/WARWICK Group, a manufacturer of heat-processing furnaces. The full delivery will be comprised of three metallurgical units: one plasma-arc melting (PAM) furnace and two vacuum-arc remelting (VAR) furnaces. The VARs, which are each equipped with two melt stations, are designed to melt and refine titanium and titanium alloy final ingots.
EcoTitanium launched on Dec. 17, 2014, with the goal to build and operate Europe’s first recycling plant for aviation-grade titanium. The first stone of the EcoTitanium project was laid on April 27 in Saint-Georges-de-Mons, Auvergne, France. Industrial production is scheduled to start in 2018. This aerospace titanium project will provide the aerospace industry with a new supply channel, independent of American and Russian sources, giving it better control over its sourcing of titanium.