Alcoa's Lafayette expansion on track for end-2014: official
Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--22Jan2013/539 pm EST/2239 GMT
Alcoa's $90 million expansion in Lafayette, Indiana, featuring a new
aluminum lithium casting facility is on track and should be operational by
the end of next year, a company official said Tuesday.
The world's largest aluminum company currently produces extrusions for
the aerospace industry at the Lafayette complex, Tom Delgatto, the supply
chain manager of forgings and extrusions at Lafayette, said in an interview.
He did not disclose the expected capacity of the new aluminum lithium
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Alcoa unveiled plans a year ago to expand its aluminum lithium capacity
at three locations around the world, including Lafayette, to meet growing
demand in the aerospace market for its newest alloys. The alloys, introduced
in 2011, are now patented, the company said, and allow airframers to build
dramatically lighter and lower-cost airplanes as compared with composite
The alloys are used in extrusions, forgings, sheet and plate
applications across aircraft structures, including airplane wings and
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