Delays in the Boeing Dreamliner 787 continue to propel major ripples throughout the airplane’s supply chain.
The latest pain came yesterday when titanium supplier RTI International of Pittsburgh announced an operating loss for the fourth quarter of $86.9 million versus operating income of $5.4 million for the same period in 2008.
CEO Dawne S. Hickton, commented: “In addition to the global economic upheaval, our commercial aerospace customers experienced extended program delays, resulting in significantly reduced current need for titanium mill products and fabricated parts. These issues had a profound adverse impact in the year on our Fabrication Group, primarily related to the 787 Dreamliner.” Most affected are the company’s extrusion facility in Houston and machining unit outside Montreal.
In addition, Airbus’ challenges with the A400 military transport and the A380 contributed to RTI’s Titanium Group operating at less than 50 percent capacity. Airbus has advised RTI that during 2010 it will require less than half of its 5 million pound contract minimum. RTI’s mill product shipments for the fourth quarter were 2.2 million pounds at an average realized price of $20.86 per pound, compared to mill product shipments of 3.0 million pounds in the fourth quarter of 2008 at an average realized price of $22.04 per pound.
The grab bag of plastic and rubber materials featured in this new product slideshow are aimed at lighting applications or automotive uses. The rest are for a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, oil & gas, RF and radar, automotive, building materials, and more.
Many of the new adhesives we're featuring in this slideshow are for use in automotive and other transportation applications. The rest of these new products are for a wide variety of applications including aviation, aerospace, electrical motors, electronics, industrial, and semiconductors.
A Columbia University team working on molecular-scale nano-robots with moving parts has run into wear-and-tear issues. They've become the first team to observe in detail and quantify this process, and are devising coping strategies by observing how living cells prevent aging.
Many of the new materials on display at MD&M West were developed to be strong, tough replacements for metal parts in different kinds of medical equipment: IV poles, connectors for medical devices, medical device trays, and torque-applying instruments for orthopedic surgery. Others are made for close contact with patients.
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