Arconic commissions world-record plate stretcher
Arconic has announced that the installation of a new plate stretcher is complete. The stretcher produces highly-differentiated aerospace and industrial plate. The USD150 million investment in the machine is backed by customer contracts, including one with Airbus, valued at around USD1 billion. The plate stretcher stands for multiple world records: it is the longest (over 26 yards, 24 m), widest (over 14 feet, 4 m), thickest (over 12 inches, 30 cm) and heaviest (over 40,000 lbs, 18 t) stretcher ever built, and equipped with a world-record pull force of 35 million pounds (15.9m t).