Boeing and Bharat Forge Ltd today announced the first shipment of titanium flap-track forgings for Boeing's Next-Generation 737. Bharat Forge will also supply forgings for the 737 MAX, scheduled to enter into service in 2017.
BFL said it continues to address opportunities to expand work in support of Boeing and its supply-chain partners around the world. BFL also intends to expand its capabilities to offer higher value machining and manufacture of assemblies.
''BFL is truly honoured to become India's only forging company to be included in Boeing's globally approved vendor list for titanium forgings. The fact that we have achieved this milestone, including all regulatory approvals, in a very short timeframe is a testament to our technology and capability.
I would like to thank Boeing and our supplier partners for their strong support over the past two years. BFL looks forward to working with Boeing and its supply-chain partners to grow our relationship to significant levels. In addition to continually enhancing and upgrading our capabilities in BFL, we will also pursue merger and acquisition options – especially for machining and assembly, to accelerate our progress to become a significant player in the global aerospace component business,'' Baba Kalyani, chairman and managing director of Bharat Forge, said.
Bharat Forge Limited (BFL) has signed a multi-year contract with Boeing Commercial Airplane to supply titanium forgings for wing components for the Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX, in February last year.
Under the agreement, Bharat Forge will be supplying pre-machined forgings from its facilities in Pune and Baramati to Boeing from the first quarter of 2016. The titanium parts will be heat-treated, shaped in a forging press, and machined by Bharat Forge before being shipped to Boeing Portland for finish machining into components. The components then will be installed in the Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX wings at the final assembly plant in Renton, Washington.