USA-based Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) and GE Aviation have formed a joint venture (JV) to develop meltless titanium powders for use in additive manufacturing (AM)/3D printing (3DP) applications.
The JV agreement leverages both companies’ long-standing and complementary expertise to afford multiple synergies. ATI is a manufacturer of specialty materials and complex components, and its largest market is aerospace and defense, most commonly jet engines; and GE Aviation, a subsidiary of the American multi-national conglomerate General Electric (GE), is a provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for aircraft. The companies plan to construct an R&D pilot production facility for the JV.
The JV stands to benefit from operational, technical and project support provided by ATI. In particular, it will seek to draw on the company’s considerable experience in the manufacture of titanium- and nickel-based alloy powders for critical and technically advanced applications.
GE Aviation will bring engineering and development capabilities as well as technical knowledge in the use of titanium-based alloy powders to the JV.
‘We are pleased to join with GE Aviation to create this innovative next-generation technology joint venture,’ said Rich Harshman, chairman, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of ATI. ‘The science of specialty metal powders is a transformative technology and we intend to maintain and enhance our industry-leading position.’
‘Developing new materials is an important part of our vision for our business,’ added David Joyce, vice chairman of GE and president and CEO of GE Aviation. ‘ATI is a recognized leader in advanced specialty materials, and we are excited about the collaboration this new joint venture enables.’