TTITAL, a titanium and aluminium investment casting firm, has started construction on a new facility in China that will manufacture aluminium castings for the civil aircraft market.
Claimed to be the first international aluminium investment in China for an aircraft components casting specialist, TITAL signed the agreement with Chinese authorities during late 2011 for the establishment of a new facility in the country's Jiangsu province.
With scheduled commencement of production in 2013, the new facility in Nantong will produce aluminium investment castings for both the domestic and European markets.
TITAL managing director Philipp Schack said China's importance for the production of civil aircraft will strongly increase.
"Strategic alliances between western aircraft and engine manufacturers show this trend. And we do not want to stand outside," Schack said.
With schedule completion of installation of machinery and equipment by the end of 2012, the company's engineers will be engaged in the facility during summer 2012 for coordinating the installation processes.
"We plan to start full production in the first quarter of 2013 and to deliver the first aluminium parts in the same year," Schack added.
"The official business license has already been granted by Chinese authorities. This is the main prerequisite for the operational start of TITAL (Nantong) Co. Ltd."
The company is also planning to expand its production to further strengthen its position in the investment casting market.
Image: TITAL managing director Philipp Schack. Photo: TITAL.