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The LEAP highbypass turbofan engine was developed by CFM International and is manufactured by that jointventurersquos two partners Snecma and GE Aviation More than 5000 orders have been recorded for LEAP engines and ground tests for the first of three variants were completed last year

ATI Supplying Titanium Castings for Jet Engine Programs

Oct. 24, 2014
Long-term deal with Snecma for commercial, business aircraft  +5-year term CFM56 and LEAP engines Integrated capabilities with Ti

Allegheny Technologies Inc. has an agreement to supply titanium investment castings to Snecma for single-aisle and business jet engine programs, including the CFM LEAP family. The agreement begins in 2015 and continues past 2020, though more specific details (including its estimated revenue potential) were not made available.

Snecma, a unit of the Safran Group, designs and manufactures engines for civilian and military aircraft, as well as launch vehicles and satellites, including the CFM56 and LEAP engines for commercial aircraft programs.

The CFM56 is a high-bypass turbofan engine offered in several variants, all common in design by different in their power ratings. The LEAP engine, also a high-bypass turbofan design, was developed by the CFM International joint venture and manufactured independently by the venture’s two partners, Snecma and GE Aviation. It is considered a replacement for the partners’ basic turbofan engines, Snecma’s CFM56 and GE Aviation’s GEnx.

The CFM LEAP engines are designed for single-aisle aircraft, including the new Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX, and the Comac C919, the new single-aisle aircraft being developed by the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China.

“We are pleased with this agreement with Snecma,” stated Rich Harshman, ATI chairman, president and CEO. “The new agreement builds on our long-term strategic relationship with Snecma (Safran) and recognizes our integrated capabilities from raw materials (titanium sponge) through mill products to forgings, investment castings, and components.”

ATI’s titanium investment casting capabilities are centered at the Portland, OR, operation formerly known as Pacific Cast Technologies. ATI paid $883 million for Ladish Inc. in 2011, acquiring several forging operations as well as the investment caster.

“Through this agreement, ATI is positioned to significantly grow our titanium investment casting content on jet engines powering next-generation single aisle aircraft. This agreement represents one of several growth opportunities for ATI’s integrated titanium investment casting business, and supports our goal to at least double the revenue of this business within the next five years.”

About the Author

Robert Brooks | Content Director

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)