MAG ACQUIRES FOREST LINÉ INDUSTRIES ERLANGER, KY- MAG has reinforced its global technology leadership in metal cutting and composites processing by acquiring French company, Forest Liné Industries Group (FLI). Forest Liné specializes in manufacturing systems for aerospace applications, dies/molds, large parts, titanium and composites processing. The company is a technology leader in composite wing and wing box applications, and operates sites in France, Germany, China and Canada, employing about 300. Jean Bertrand Prot will continue as President and CEO of FLI and join the MAG Executive Board. "This acquisition gives MAG another significant point of access to aerospace composites technology, manufacturing resources and demonstration facilities, as well as additional market and customer segments," says Dan Janka, president of MAG Global Industrial Systems. "Liné has always been an innovator, and its technology portfolio is highly complementary with our own, so we anticipate a wide range of new opportunities to result from this acquisition." Like MAG, Liné is a supplier of both automated tape laying and fi ber placement systems. Lightweight and rigid composites are widely used throughout the aerospace industry and in renewable energy systems, such as wind turbines. MAG, through its European business, MAG Europe GmbH, with headquarters in Göppingen, Germany, has acquired 100% of the shares in the Forest Liné Group. WEST PENN TESTING CONTINUES AEROSPACE TESTING PROGRAM NEW KENSINGTON, PA- West Penn Testing Group, a provider of material testing services, has spent five years preparing for the next aerospace up-cycle. "Today, suppliers to aerospace OEM are less likely to be surprised by a surge in orders," says Albert Fletcher, general manager, West Penn Testing. "The reason is, a number of air framers and jet-engine manufacturers have committed to sharing production forecasts with their suppliers. Some refresh this demand information quarterly, looking out 12 months. This information sharing helped us predict the current rise in bookings and more accurately estimate the demand on the horizon. We started using these forecasts five years ago. As a consequence, we have improved our ability to anticipate demand." West Penn says the biggest bottleneck to responding to upticks in demand is the availability of trained inspectors on staff. MECNOV ANNOUNCES ALLIANCE WITH MIDAS-NDT SYSTEMS QUEBEC, CANADA-Mecnov NDT Systems announced today that it has finalized an agreement with UK-based Midas-NDT Systems to collaborate on the sales, promotion and manufacturing of ultrasonic inspection systems for advanced composite materials used in aerospace applications. The collaboration between the two companies, which manufacture automated inspection systems for a variety of industries such as aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, aims to diversify revenues for Mecnov and expand Midas-NDT's geographical bases. Since the agreement was concluded in February 2011, Mecnov and Midas-NDT have been actively bidding conjointly on various projects. FRANK M. FOELLER OF THE BOEING COMPANY TO DELIVER KEYNOTE AT CMS CONFERENCE PHOENIX, AZ-Frank M. Foeller of The Boeing Company will be the keynote speaker at the 27th Annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC), July 25 - 29, 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel and Spa in Phoenix, AZ. Feeler is the director of tooling operations for Boeing Defense System, and leader of the Boeing enterprise wide Tooling Process Action team. Foeller will discuss the benefits realized by The Boeing Co. From 3-D metrology technology advancements. His conference session is titled "Portable Metrology Advancements Changing the Game for Tool Fabrication and Aircraft Manufacturing and Assembly Investigation." "To remain competitive in the future, we need to invest in the technological advancements and applications of this technology," Foeller says."The industry must continue to work together with suppliers, users, and customers to further the progress." PRATT & WHITNEY AWARDED $1.13B CONTRACT FOR F135 ENGINE PRODUCTION EAST HARTFORD, CT-The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Pratt & Whitney a $1.13 billion contract for F135 production engines to power the F-35 Lightning II. Pratt & Whitney and the Dodd have reached an agreement on price and terms for the LRIP 4 contract, originally awarded in July 2010, which contains fixed-price and cost-plus incentive fee elements. This low rate initial production (LRIP) contract includes production, spare parts, sustainment and delivery of the fourth lot of F135 engines. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company. "This contract provides our customer with a 15% savings on the conventional takeoff and landing/carrier variant (CTOL/CV), compared to LRIP 3, and demonstrates our commitment toward meeting aggressive cost reduction goals for the F135 engine," says Bennett Croswell, president of Military Engines, Pratt & Whitney. "It also speaks to the maturity of our engine, which builds on the proven technology of our F119 engine. The F135 engine has powered all 868 F-35 flights, including 100 vertical landings in the short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) configuration." The fourth lot of F135 engines includes 18 conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) and 19 STOVL engines. Deliveries for this lot are slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2011. The engines delivered in LRIP 4 will support the U.S. Services, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. AEROJET NAMES NEW VP OF MISSILE DEFENSE UNIT SACRAMENTO, CA-Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced that Michael Bright has joined the corporation as vice president of the Missile Defense business unit. Bright comes to Aerojet from Lockheed Martin with a long history in the missile defense community. Bright has a bachelor of science degree in physics from Fort Lewis College and has completed master's-level courses in aerospace and systems engineering, leadership, program management and financial strategies. Bright replaces Pete Massey, the current Missile Defense business unit leader, who will be leaving his position to join the company's business development and strategy department. In his new role, Massey will enhance and expand Aerojet's external business relationships throughout the national and international marketplaces. AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE SECTOR FACES SUPPLY CHAIN SQUEEZE The worldwide aerospace and defense industry should be gearing up for "severe supply-chain pressures" in the years ahead, newly published research from business-advisory firm AlixPartners warns. "The aerospace and defense industry globally will be facing tough and contradictory burdens in the next few years, as the need to meet an anticipated 25% jump in commercial aircraft deliveries by 2014 contrasts with further belt-tightening of nations' defense budgets in the wake of widespread budget deficits-both of which could lead to severe supply-chain pressures," the study reads. The report notes that, while impacted, the global aerospace and defense industry emerged from the economic downturn relatively well, due largely to increased demand in the defense sector, and cost-cutting. According to the study, the near-term outlook for commercial aircraft is positive due largely to increasing air-traffic demand globally, which is expected to grow 5.5% by 2012 alone. Asia and the Middle East, says the study, will enjoy 35% of all demand increases over the long term. Rising fuel prices and the need for more-efficient aircraft are already causing heightened demand for new aircraft, per the study. It notes that this year, for the first year ever, commercial- aircraft deliveries globally are set to exceed 1,000 and that global aircraft production is expected to increase 30%to 50% throughout the next three years. Increasing demand for commercial aircraft, however, does not come without its challenges, and the guide-path to meeting global demand will be bumpy. Original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will be forced to ramp up production while simultaneously trying to innovate and develop products to meet demand for more fuel-efficient aircraft. Suppliers-who largely decreased capacity after suffering through the recession-will also face capacity and talent-acquisition constraints as they try to meet demand, and according to the AlixPartners study. There is significant risk, says the study, that commercial-sector suppliers will not be able to keep up with aggressive new manufacturing demands
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