PCC signs pact with Rolls-Royce

PCC Structurals, an operating business of Precision Castparts Corp., has reached agreement with Rolls-Royce plc on a 2003–2008 production contract with a potential value of USD 400 million. This contract extends and amends an existing PCC Structurals contract, which has been in place since 1994. PCC Structurals will now be the preferred supplier for large titanium and steel castings on the Trent 500 for the Airbus A340-500/600, on the Trent 700 for the Airbus A330, on the Trent 800 for the Boeing 777, and on the Adour, RTM322, and EJ200 military engine programmes. The new contract also includes parts on the RB211-535, the V2500, the AE3007, the marine and industrial Trent, the Tay 611, the 501KC, the T56-IV, and the RB199, as well as additional components on the Trent 900 for the Airbus A380. In addition, the contract gives PCC Structurals the opportunity to break into new markets, such as cast compressor stators for the Trent 500, and benefits Precision Castparts Corp.’s Forged Products segment with new ring rolling business through a joint venture with FRISA in Mexico.
PCC Structurals had been making 55 different components for Rolls-Royce under the earlier contract and will now be manufacturing an additional 18 new castings. The contract also includes a commitment to pursue the transition or redesign of potential casting business worth $45 million. Some of the new business replaces components previously produced by other investment casting and forging manufacturers, and some new components will replace parts previously produced by other manufacturing processes.

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