Aerospace News, October 2018

Leading mechanical engineering specialist, MetLase, is celebrating a record-breaking year after securing a landmark contract with the world’s largest aerospace manufacturer. MetLase has been announced as the tooling and fixture partner for Boeing’s new Sheffield facility in a deal that is expected to initially increase its workforce by 15%. MetLase is a 2015 joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Unipart, and specialises in the manufacture of tooling, intelligent fixturing and components, bringing lead times of months down to hours or days.

The company will use its 3D design capabilities, high-precision laser-cutting technology and patented assembly and joining systems to create lightweight and optimised machining fixtures that will precisely hold 11 different castings used in the production of actuation system components for the 737,767 and 777 passenger jets. Its contract with Boeing is the latest in a line of new business wins that include strategic partnerships with blue chip companies in sectors such as automotive, aerospace and energy marking a 70% annual increase in sales for the Sheffield-based firm.

MetLase, which employs 25 people at its 12,500sq ft cutting-edge facility at the AMP Technology Centre, is due to start delivering the first fixtures this week as part of a three-year contract.

Boeing has backed up its 80-year presence in the UK and faith in UK manufacturing by building its first European production facility in Sheffield. The new factory is expected to produce around 7,000 actuation system components each month, which will be shipped for assembly in Boeing’s Portland (Oregon, US) plant.

Alongside MetLase, the other confirmed suppliers are:

Aeromet International– A Worcester-based supplier of advanced aluminium and magnesium cast parts with three sites across the UK. Aeromet will supply Boeing Sheffield with high strength, complex and multi-core aluminium cast parts.

Maher – An established Sheffield material distributor of high performing alloys and machinist of finished components, specialising in nickel, titanium and copper-based alloys.

Mettis Aerospace – a designer and manufacturer of precision forged and machined components from Redditch that has supplied the global aerospace and defence industry for more than 70 years. Mettis will supply Boeing Sheffield with steel alloy precision-forged components

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