'A' is for Aerospace, 'B' is for Billions…

March 18, 2015
Reviewing the progress of Alcoa’s multi-year, multi-part, multi-billion-dollar strategy to solidify its place in the aerospace supply chain.

Alcoa’s agreement to acquire integrated titanium producer RTI International Metals in a $1.5-billion, all-stock deal will bring new material resources and new production technologies into its portfolio and broaden its capabilities for various processes (including forging) it's engaged in already.

But, another way to understand the RTI purchase is as the latest flourish in a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar effort to situate Alcoa even more solidly in the aerospace supply chain.

Alcoa operations, acquisitions of complementary organizations, and production and supply agreements, the company has transformed itself into something more than an aluminum producer.

About the Author

Ellen Baran | Content Marketing | Producer - LNB Web Design/Cynosure

Ellen Baran has been involved in the digital space for over 12 years. Specializing in user engagement, Ellen has worked closely with Robert Brooks, Editor-in-Chief of American Machinist and Foundry magazines to develop unique and compelling content for readers.

Ellen is the owner of LNB Web Design/Cynosure and graduated from Columbia College in Chicago, IL majoring in Communications.

About the Author

Robert Brooks | Editor/Content Director - Endeavor Business Media

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others.

Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing—including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)