Castings Technology International Ltd (Cti) has increased staff numbers to cater for the uplift in demand for advanced titanium services that are now available to its members and end-users.
Located on South Yorkshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Park, Cti is a member-based specialist supplier of difficult to source, low volume, precision steel, super alloy, light alloy and titanium castings to the high value manufacturing sector.
The company is now able to produce much larger and heavier near-net shape titanium components up to 2000mm in diameter by 2500mm in length, with a finished weight of approximately 500kg. Castings such as these are ideal for a range of applications throughout the aerospace, chemical, marine, defense and oil and gas industries.
Cti General Manager, Richard Cook, said: “This is an exciting time for us as we are now able to offer manufacturing companies a wider range of titanium casting specifications than ever before, including increased envelope size and part weight.
“There is exceptionally high-demand for cast titanium parts due to strong growth in the aerospace sector, so in order to offer existing and new clients additional capacity we have recently employed team members who are dedicated to these processes.”
The four new staff members will specialise in various aspects of the castings process from mould manufacture, melting, heat-treating and finishing; and will provide the impetus for both an increase in capacity and further reductions in lead-time.
“The titanium parts we manufacture are created utilising technology processes unique to us. They are single-piece and potentially lighter than their forged or wrought counterparts, whilst offering equivalent or superior mechanical properties,” said Richard.
“If the design is not yet frozen, optimising component topology further enhances these advantages, leading to heavily reduced lead times, less complex Bills of Material and the elimination of assembly costs.”
Casting can be used to produce parts with incredibly complex geometries and features that would be almost impossible to create using more traditional machined and fabricated routes.
“Alongside this, casting can offer considerable buy-to-fly cost and resource savings compared to the typical alternative methods used to produce large-scale complex aerospace components,” he added.
Cti is one of a limited number of companies in Europe – and the only UK company – with the skills to cast complex structural parts from highly reactive metals like titanium. As such, Cti holds the aerospace quality management AS9100 accreditation and is fully NADCAP and UCAS compliant.
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