A newly redesigned forging press of Alcoa, a producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, has started operation at Cleveland Works in Ohio. The company has invested $100 million to redesign and upgrade the 50,000 t forging press.
The new giant press reinforces the company’s position as a leading supplier of large steel, nickel, titanium and aluminum forgings to the energy, defense, aerospace and other markets.
President of Alcoa Forgings and Extrusions, Eric Roegner, stated that the company will maintain its leading position by combining its superior alloy and production process technology with the new 50,000 t forging press capabilities. The press will double the production capacity of Cleveland Works to better serve its clients in a wide range of markets.
The proprietary signature stress relief solutions, advanced alloys and segmented die technology enables the company to produce thicker, larger and highly sophisticated components than those produced by competitive forging presses. Cleveland Works produces the large aluminum die forgings like bulk heads and wing box parts for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program. Alcoa’s upgrade project has also received support from the city of Independence, village of Cuyahoga Heights, Cuyahoga County, city of Cleveland and state of Ohio.