MAJOR MINOR: In the war for market share, it pays to think ahead – way ahead

A first UK public viewing of Lockheed Martin’s F35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter fuels Anthony Lipmann's thinking about the need to be far-sighted in the world of exotic metals and alloys.

The Farnborough International Airshow, the world’s largest biennial exhibition for aerospace, defence and space opened on Monday July 11; but not, alas, to the usual fanfare of large orders from the Emirates. Unfortunately, it was to a new type of English weather; one which included the wrong kind of lightning and the wrong kind of typhoon. As a result, the displays of the F35 Lightning and the Eurofighter Typhoon were postponed. Among the 1,500 exhibition stands in the halls, perhaps the most interesting theme for Metal Bulletin readers, compared with 2014, was the dynamic consolidation in the superalloys industry. This had kicked off around the time of the last show with Alcoa’s acquisition of Firth Rixson for $2.85 billion to consolidate with its Howmet assets. At the time, the metals industry was taken by surprise at the thought that the world’s largest aluminium maker, Alcoa, saw the superalloys business as...


Anthony Lipmann

July 25, 2016

12:22 GMT