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IDAK Seimitsu casts aluminum with license. TITAL now with HERO-Premium-Casting® in Japan

The fourth casting facility worldwide that produces aluminum castings using the HERO-Premium-Casting®-process has been put into operation in Japan.The patented casting process was developed in the 90's from the investment casting specialist TITAL GmbH located in Bestwig, Germany.

The Japanese company NIDAK Seimitsu Corporation in Soma City, a town located 300 km North of Tokyo has commissioned the facility. NIDAK Seimitsu delivers aluminum investment castings – like TITAL – mainly to customers in the aerospace industry.

When using the patented HERO-Premium-Casting® process, aluminum investment castings with casting factor 1.0 can be produced in a safe, reliable and very repeatable way. Aluminum investment castings produced with the HERO-Premium-Casting® process have measurable quality that cannot be attained with any other casting process. By using this process aluminum investment castings can compete directly with parts machined from solid material. Almost a year ago the Japanese company NIDAK Seimitsu formed a sales partnership with TITAL and was granted a license for the HERO-Premium-Casting® process for aluminum investment casting. After Wyman Gordon from the US, NIDAK Seimitsu is the second licensee of the HERO-Premium-Casting® process. The TITAL headquarters in Bestwig, Germany, has two facilities in use.

The Japanese aerospace market will make a dynamic development during the next few years as Japanese suppliers deliver a substantial part of components for the Boeing 787 and 747-8. Furthermore a regional jet has been developed under the auspices of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries – the MRJ is scheduled to be delivered to its customers in 2014. In addition the demand in Japan for complex aluminum investment castings with above average mechanical properties will also increase. In order to serve this market TITAL has entered into a partnership with NIDAK Seimitsu. The reason why TITAL has chosen a local partner is according to Philipp Jerusalem, Director Sales and Marketing at TITAL: "This relationship will allow us to expand faster, more tightly focused and with more success into the Japanese market than we could have done from Germany." We can eliminate market entry barriers including the language, local business practices and an entirely different culture. Jerusalem: "Japanese like to buy from Japanese. Now we eliminate these issues as NIDAK Seimitsu is already an established player on the local market. We can avoid the high costs of market development and reach our goals faster." At the same time NIDAK Seimitsu is a sales partner in Japan for titanium investment castings produced at TITAL.

The HERO-Premium-Casting® process was developed at TITAL in the 90's. By using this process it is possible to bond the shrink holes which result from the solidification of the molten mass outside of the component and to separate them at a later point together with the gates and risers. Shrink holes are small spaces which occur between the molten material and the solid metal during the production process of a casting. For a long time this physically conditioned feature was a major reason why investment castings did not achieve Casting Factor 1; and when calculating the strength with a factor higher than 1 received a minus point compared to machined and forged parts. Since the use of the HERO-Premium-Casting® process that has changed; now aluminum investment castings with the Casting Factor 1.0 can be produced safely.

The Japanese partner was at TITAL in Bestwig for five weeks in the summer of 2009 in order to gather more information about the engineering and manufacturing processes. TITAL's project manager Hans-Peter Nicolai monitored the four week test phase in Japan to ensure that the castings produced met the corresponding quality criteria. After the successful initiation of the facility a regular exchange of communication will take place and the sales cooperation will be intensified.

Press release issued by Alcoa Power and Propulsion TITAL on July 5, 2010


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Alcoa Power and Propulsion TITAL Engine Parts, Titanium, Metal & Alloy Castings, Aircraft Structural Components, Aluminium, Engine Pylons
NIDAK Seimitsu Corporation Metal & Alloy Castings


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