As the leading supplier of aluminum solutions to the world’s aerospace industry, Alcoa has continuously enhanced and broadened its product portfolio in meeting customers’ needs and helping them explore new frontiers since the dawn of aviation.
The company’s aerospace operations are comprised of businesses with operations around the world that generate approximately $3 billion in annual revenues and leading share positions in their chosen markets: Alcoa Flat Rolled Products, Alcoa Forgings and Extrusions, Alcoa Fastening Systems Aerospace, and Alcoa Power and Propulsion.
Almost all aluminum aerospace alloys currently in use were originally developed by Alcoa, and today’s major new aircraft programs incorporate Alcoa’s product innovations from nose to tail, and wingtip to wingtip.
Alcoa created highly engineered forgings to reduce weight and cost on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and developed the largest aerospace forgings, fuselage panels and wing skins ever produced for the 525-seat Airbus A380 jetliner. The Boeing 787 uses the first application of large aluminum-lithium plate on a commercial aircraft – developed and supplied by Alcoa – while more than one million of its fasteners go into every A380. The company also is the world leader in single-crystal technology for advanced castings that withstand the extreme temperatures of clean-burning aero engines.
Looking to the future, Alcoa is well positioned to remain the aerospace industry’s supplier of choice, with a competence that goes well beyond materials to an understanding of how materials can work together with structural and design innovations in providing optimal solutions when aircraft are built, flown, maintained – and ultimately recycled after completing their operational lifetimes.
Alcoa’s commitment to innovation is backed by the full resources of the company’s technical teams and the Alcoa Technical Center, which is the world’s largest light metals research facility.