British Steel is expected to announce plans to boost output of special aerospace steels at the Paris air show this weekend.
It is understood that British Steel plans to raise output at its dedicated aerospace steels facility in Sheffield by installing a fourth vacuum arc remelting furnace. This will allow the company to raise production of aerospace steels by more than 25%.
In an example of the expanding aerospace market, the British Steel subsidiary AMS Metal Stockholders is to supply high integrity steel for engine pylon components on the Boeing 747.
The pylons, intended to support Rolls-Royce RB211 engines, will be built by British Aerospace at Warton in Lancashire before shipping to the US.
The aerospace product range from British Steel Engineering Steels includes VAR, single melted and electroslag refined steels. These products are used in items ranging from the EH101 helicopter’s rotor gearbox to the landing gear of the Airbus A320 airliner.