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Norsk Titanium to build first industrial aerospace additive plant in NY

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Staff Writer | July 13, 2016
Norsk Titanium
Industry investment   New York and SUNY Polytechnic

Norsk Titanium said that the State of New York, in partnership with SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has placed an order for an initial lot of 20 of Norsk Titanium’s patented MERKE IV Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) machines.

Under the terms of the deal, Norsk Titanium US will provide additional investment into the Plattsburgh operation that is expected to bring the total program commitment to the $1 billion dollar level over the initial 10-year period of operations.

A $125 million New York investment in the Norsk Titanium U.S. Plattsburgh factory was approved in the 2016-2017 State budget and first highlighted by Governor Cuomo on April 1, 2016 during the North County Highlights budget address in Albany.

Norsk Titanium U.S. is also partnering with the North County Chamber of Commerce in Plattsburgh to support and promote the successful launch and growth of Norsk’s industrial-scale factory including workforce training, economic development and STEM outreach including specific educational programs for SUNY Plattsburgh, local community colleges and other schools in the region.

The order is in accordance with an approved state budget allocation and:

- Plattsburgh, New York selected as the location for the world’s first Rapid Plasma Deposition factory

- Facility to be operational by the end of 2017

- The first 20 MERKE IV RPD machines establish a baseline production level of 400 metric tons per year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium components

- The New York program envisions a capacity ramp-up to a total of 40 MERKE IV RPD machines capable of up to 800 metric tons per year, which will be consumed to meet increasing demand from the aviation industry

- New York State investment advances Norsk Titanium’s production of the first 20 machines

New York has released an additional $4.0 million in planning funds for the Norsk Titanium US industrial-scale Plattsburgh factory.

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