22. November 2017 | Industry, Uses, Technology

Arconic expands capacity at Davenport Works

Arconic Inc. plans to install a new horizontal heat treatment furnace at its Davenport Works in Iowa. Heat treatment is a required step in the production of certain high-strength products, and is essential for products intended for large aerospace and industrial applications. This new furnace will enable Arconic to heat-treat longer and thicker plate than before, including material for Arconic’s recently installed Thick Plate Stretcher, which began commercial production this year and is the largest thick plate stretcher in the world. Need for thick aluminium plate is growing, particularly as demand for composite wings, made with monolithic thick plate wing ribs, increases.

“With this new capability, we will meet increasing demand for plate used for aircraft wing ribs, skins and other structural components, particularly in single-aisle builds. It also opens the door to growth in other markets, such as semi-conductors for consumer electronics and injection moulding for automotive applications,” said Tim Myers, president of Global Rolled Products, Transportation and Construction Solutions.

The USD137m investment is financially supported by the Iowa Department of Economic Development and the City of Riverdale. The support includes tax, financing and R&D credits as well as training grants for the Davenport workforce and new employees.

Construction on the project is expected to begin late this year with commercial production expected to start in 2019.