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AWI targets new additive manufacturing opportunities at Farnborough International Airshow

One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of round, flat and profile wire is heading to Farnborough International Airshow next week (July 1822) with an exciting new offer for component makers.

Alloy Wire International (AWI), which has been AS9100-accredited since 2013, is now selling its Exotic nickel alloy wire to the 3D printing industry as more suppliers tap into the desire for cost effective rapid production of parts.

The company can manufacture its wire for ‘Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM)’, a process that produces near net shape components that require less machining and wastes less material than conventional methods.

It can also provide quicker lead times than conventional forging or casting without the need for complex tooling, moulds or dies.

Angus Hogarth, R&D Director at AWI, commented: “It’s all about finding that manufacturing difference and additive manufacturing is a discipline the aerospace manufacturers are increasingly investing in.

“We were confident we could play a role in 3D Printing and, after months of R&D and technical reviews, we see our business as being a strong supplier of Exotic nickel alloy wire to the growing additive manufacturing sector. This is something we will definitely be promoting at Farnborough with new and existing customers.

Exhibiting as part of the Midlands Aerospace Alliance cluster in Hall 1 (Pod 1, Stand 1320), Alloy Wire International tends to be a 4th tier supplier to the aerospace market, with its material manufactured into components that are integral to aircraft structures, in instrumentation and high-performance engines.

The company’s wire and straight bars, which are produced at its state-of-the-art factory in the West Midlands, is made into springs, fire detection wire, fasteners and electrical instruments – all manufactured so that they work at high temperatures and/or in corrosive gases or liquids.

Visitors to the show will get the opportunity to talk with AWI’s R&D and sales personnel to discuss new projects, prototype work and supply chain agility, with orders able to be made in coils, on spools or straight bars within a range of 0.025mm (0.001”) to 21mm (0.827”).

Paul Chatterley, Sales Executive at Alloy Wire International, went on to add: “We’ll be displaying some commonly used alloys for the aerospace sector, including Inconel, Nimonic, Monel, Nitronic, Phynox and Waspaloy.

“For only the second time, delegates will also be able to explore the recent introduction of INCONEL: 617®, a Nickel-Chromium-Cobalt-Molybdenum alloy with an addition of aluminium.

“This is our latest addition to a 60+ range of alloys and delivers a combination of increased strength and stability at elevated temperatures (up to 1100°C/2012°F), whilst retaining the high temperature resistance of INCONEL® alloy 601.

“Its high Nickel and Chromium content makes INCONEL: 617® resistant to a variety of both reducing and oxidising media, not to mention achieving comparable corrosion resistance to INCONEL 625.”

AWI is a long-standing member of the Midlands Aerospace Alliance and, with export levels approaching 65% of its £12m turnover, will be one of the firms chosen to meet Mr Ranil Jayawardena, Minister for International Trade, on Tuesday 19th July.


New aerospace wins form the perfect year for CCR Forming

A Black Country manufacturer is on course for its best-ever year after winning a string of new aerospace contracts.

CCR Forming Ltd, which is a world leader in precision cold roll formed metal rings, has sealed deals to supply high quality engine components to several global primes and tier 1s, which has boosted its sales towards £1m by the end of 2022.

The ‘wins’ mark the start of a concerted strategy from the Tipton-based company to target opportunities in the sector, a sector that is desperately trying to work through a backlog of orders and volumes caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Aerospace customers are looking for greater security of supply and shorter lead times, two attributes that the family-owned business has built its 42-year reputation on.

“Our technical expertise is really in demand by the big aero manufacturers, and this has seen our sales accelerate from £700,000 per annum to an expected £1m turnover this year,” explained Paul Harper, Managing Director of CCR Forming Ltd.

“That’s just the start for us. We believe there are lots of new opportunities out there and we are investing heavily to ensure we can attract them by delivering world class quality, precision parts, short lead teams and on-time delivery performance.”

He continued: “The new branding and rename to CCR Forming Ltd reflects a more modern approach and we are just about to press the button on a £100,000 investment in an in-house welding shop. This will give us more capacity and the agility to turnaround emergency jobs.”

CCR Forming Ltd, which is AS9100 accredited and holds supplier approvals with Leonardo, Rolls-Royce, and ITP, will be taking its new-look and range of critical components to Farnborough International Airshow this month when it exhibits as part of the Midlands Aerospace Alliance Cluster (1320 POD 23 HALL 1).

Experts from the firm will be on hand to talk to visitors about its roll forming capabilities, working with material thicknesses ranging from 0.20mm up to 4mm.

It can also manufacture in all grades of alloys, carbon steels, stainless steels, aluminium and titanium, with the roll forming and circling methods comparing favourably with more expensive techniques including machined forgings and spinning.

Craig Fullwood, who joined in 2021 as the new Operations Director, continued: “Farnborough is an excellent place to showcase what we do and gives us the ideal platform to talk to existing and potential clients about how we can solve their pain points, whether that is complexity of part, cost savings or ensuring they get components when they need them.

“The process starts with our CAD specialists who can support with product development and then we can offer clients access to forming, tool manufacture, expanding, welding and pressings. It’s proving a very attractive offer.”

Employing 13 people at its Railway Street factory in the Black Country, CCR Forming also supplies into heating and ventilation, telecoms, rail, renewables and its traditional market of couplers for chimney flue manufacturers.

To learn more visit www.ccr-forming.co.uk


ST Engineering iDirect achieves European Space Agency certification, advancing aerospace manufacturing capabilities

The company will provide soldering services to QinetiQ, opening the door to further opportunities in the spaceflight sector

Herndon, Va. and Erpe-Mere, Belgium June 14, 2022 – The spaceflight industry planted a new flag in Belgium today as ST Engineering iDirect announced that it will be manufacturing components used in flight systems for spacecraft to European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS) standards at its Manufacturing Competence Center (MCC) in Erpe-Mere, Belgium.

Following the stringent certification process by the European Space Agency (ESA), ST Engineering iDirect will help to make components for QinetiQ, the British multinational defense and space technology company. This makes ST Engineering iDirect the sole subcontracting company offering these services in Belgium.

ST Engineering iDirect’s MCC will provide its specialist manual and automated soldering services to QinetiQ for its ADPMS-3 satellite board computer systems and for the International Berthing and Docking Mechanism (IBDM) currently in development with ESA, enabling vehicles carrying cargo or passengers to dock softly, with less force. Furthermore, it will also assist in building components for payload projects.

“The process of becoming ESA-certified has been incredibly thorough in assuring the quality, the education and capabilities of the MCC and its workforce. This accreditation and the additional commencement of our automated soldering activity will open doors for our company to broaden our footprint in the industry, as well as strengthen the Belgian spaceflight ecosystem,” said ST Engineering iDirect’s MCC Sales and Marketing Manager, Danny De Smet. “We’re very appreciative of the support from QinetiQ and their recognition of our capabilities in providing larger scale component soldering.”

Erik Masure, QinetiQ’s Managing Director in Belgium said, “We’ve been consistently impressed by ST Engineering iDirect’s – and specifically the MCC team – ability to rise to the challenge of becoming ESA-accredited over the past few years. Working with a partner in close proximity to our space facilities in Kruibeke, Belgium, is incredibly beneficial for the success of our relationship. We look forward to deepening our partnership and working together in the future.”

ST Engineering iDirect’s MCC has Factory of the Future status, the highest possible recognition for the manufacturing industry in Belgium. It provides manufacturing and repair services and specializes in electronic assembly, testing and repair for a range of customers in the satellite and aerospace sectors including OHB and Panasonic.

For more information about ST Engineering iDirect, please visit: https://www.idirect.net/