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The Future of Aerospace Forging

The Future of Aerospace Forging

Over the past decade, the wild blue yonder has proven quite favorable to aerospace forging and the aerospace industry in general. Despite recent troubles at Boeing, there has nevertheless been an increasing demand for civilian air travel, a steady resurgence in the business jet sector, and a multi-year backlog for new aircraft orders from major commercial airlines.

The industry’s growth has remained exceptionally steadfast but underneath the headline data are signs that the industry is undergoing shifts in a few key areas. With our new AS9100 certification, Anchor Harvey has been looking at these areas and the role we will be playing in forging the future of aerospace.

Technological Innovation

Remarkably innovative improvements in operating efficiency, advanced avionics, and ultramodern next-generation platforms are already in production. Airbus’ A320neo and Boeing’s 787, for example, are all driving increased customer demand. New technologies like these and others already on the horizon require lightweight components made to exacting specifications with state-of-the-art aerospace forging technology.

The latest innovations in aerospace, while extraordinary, have nevertheless created challenges across the supply chain as many less experienced manufacturers have struggled to make the changes necessary to keep up. 

With over a quarter-century of experience working with leading aerospace OEMs and aviation manufacturers, Anchor Harvey is already expertly adept at meeting the exacting demands for the next generation of forging technology. We pride ourselves on being a data-driven aluminum forging company with a century-long legacy in precision manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain management. We have no doubt that no matter what innovative challenges the future may hold, Anchor Harvey will rise to meet them with aplomb and emerge triumphantly.

Aftermarket Supply

With a years-long backlog for new aircraft orders—and the rising costs of those new orders—many commercial airlines have been turning their focus toward establishing stronger relationships with MRO facilities and suppliers of aftermarket forgings. Even military operators are flying aging fleets longer, further bolstering the demand for aftermarket aerospace components. Favorable government policies, such as exemption from customs and duties, have also helped propel the growth of the aerospace forging industry.

As a well-established and highly-regarded supplier of aftermarket parts in the aerospace market—as well as numerous other markets such as the automotive, medical, and defense industries —Anchor Harvey has a long history of consistently meeting the demand for our forged components from our partners.

Known for their impeccable quality, Anchor Harvey’s forged aluminum components are dedicated to keeping planes flying and operators in the air and our state-of-the-art facilities and built-in redundancies ensure that our partners get their forged components where they need them; when they need them.

Exploration

Since ending its space shuttle program in 2011, NASA has relied exclusively on Russia to ferry its astronauts to and from the International Space Station. But the emergence and rapid achievements of private spaceflight companies have pushed open the door to a new era of exploration. Space X’s Crew Dragon capsule and Boeing’s Starliner are racing to fly NASA astronauts on US-made spacecraft for the first time in nearly a decade while other companies, such as Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, follow closely behind. The coming decades in the aerospace industry will be in no small part defined by explorations of the cosmos the inherent challenges and opportunities therein.

At Anchor Harvey, we know a few things about innovation; from delivering the first forgings for use in the automotive industry to developing critical components for use in the United States’ original nuclear power plants. With a 100-year history of innovation, Anchor Harvey has never been afraid to explore new opportunities and conquer new challenges. Wherever the future of the aerospace industry goes—to the moon, the stars, or to the planets beyond—you can rest assured that Anchor Harvey’s forged components will be there.

Anchor Harvey Contact Information:


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Freeport, IL 61032
(815) 233-3833
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Posted 04/02/2020

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