ANAHEIM, CALIF. — Joint venture Dow-United Technologies Composite Products Inc. has won contracts to manufacture flight-critical components for Allison Engine Co. and GE Aircraft Engines.
``Our advanced resin transfer molding process is particularly well-suited for aircraft engines,'' said Bruce Alspach, Dow-UT president and chief executive officer.
The contracts were announced at a news conference at the International SAMPE Symposium/Exposition, held May 5-8 in Anaheim, Calif. The show was spon- sored by the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering.
The process involves the application of resin powders to uncut fabric to stiffen the material and maintain fiber orientation during component manufacturing.
Dow-UT will make 10,000-15,000 bypass vanes to funnel air in the front section of the Allison AE3007 engine under a five-year agreement worth $6 million to $8 million. The engine powers the Cessna Citation X, the Embraer 145 and other aircraft.
The five-year, $9.7 million contract with General Electric Co.'s aircraft engines division involves fan platforms for GE90 jet engines that power Boeing 777 airliners. Each engine uses 22 platforms for the flow-path surface between fan blade airfoils. Dow-UT now makes a similar part for United Technology Corp.'s Pratt & Whitney unit.
UTC and Dow Chemical Co. created the joint venture in 1989 to develop a process to make composite parts for aerospace applications. As part of a reorganization, Alspach cut 55 positions in March, lowering employment to about 700.
The Air Force's F-22 system program office issued an award for excellence for Dow-UT's effectiveness in making internal wing spars. The venture has ATRM work worth $30.2 million on the next-generation fighter.
Dow-UT sales approach $100 million, of which UTC's Sikorsky helicopters unit accounts for more than 50 percent, Alspach said. The venture is based in Wallingford, Conn., and operates a former UTC facility in Tallassee, Ala.