Aeromet, supplier of advanced aluminium and magnesium cast parts, is one of the six UK-based companies selected by Boeing to supply raw materials to the multinational’s new factory in England. The new facility, which will open in autumn this year, will make components for the 737 and 777 passenger jets.
Aeromet, with its three sites across the UK, will supply Boeing with high-strength, complex and multi-core aluminium components. The deal is an extension to the existing contracts to supply parts to other Boeing factories around the globe for a number of aircraft.
After the contract was awarded, Sir Michael Arthur, president, Boeing Europe and managing director, Boeing UK and Ireland, said:
“I’m delighted to bring Maher, MetLase and NIKKEN on board as new Boeing suppliers, and to extend our supplier relationship with Aeromet and Mettis. We look forward to working together.”
Boeing’s new Sheffield factory will make every month 7,000 actuation system components for shipping to assemble in Boeing’s Oregon plant in the United States. Boeing employs more than 2,200 people across the UK at numerous sites.
Thanks to its specific properties, aluminium has been an essential material in mass-produced commercial aircrafts since the early 1920s. With many aircraft parts made of aluminium, from alloys to internal fittings among others, the light metal comprises about 80% of an aircraft’s unladen weight. Demand for passenger aircraft is predicted to double from today’s 15,000 to more than 31,500 by 2030.
Exciting news: Aeromet will be supplying cast aluminium parts for @BoeingUK new factory in Sheffield.
— Aeromet (@AerometInt) September 20, 2018