MECACHROME and AUBERT & DUVAL, two global players in the aerospace sector, are pooling their strengths and expertise in a joint venture called MKAD specialising in finishing aviation-grade titanium parts. Extending AUBERT & DUVAL’s current titanium stream, MKAD will have machining and surface treatment facilities and will integrate end-of-flow operations through to delivery of finished parts, all on a single site.

AUBERT & DUVAL and MECACHROME, with the creation of MKAD, are building on the partnership of AUBERT & DUVAL, UKTMP and UKAD to form a fully integrated stream for closed die-forged aviation-grade titanium parts, from mining through to delivery of finished parts. MKAD is an industrial partnership with the aim of creating an optimised supply chain with the capacity needed for forged titanium parts, while improving and its products’ competiveness and buy-to-fly ratio by limiting waste and making recycling easier.

The 700m2 MKAD plant will be built in Varilhes, near AUBERT & DUVAL’s Pamiers site and Toulouse, France’s main aerospace hub. The capital project is planned to ramp up over three years to come on stream starting mid-2016, with the creation of around 80 jobs.

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