Norsk Titanium Completes Testing of Rapid Plasma Deposition™ Component with Thales Alenia Space

Confirms six-month cycle time savings over legacy processes

OSLO, Norway–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Norsk
Titanium AS
, the world’s pioneering supplier of aerospace-grade,
additive manufactured, structural titanium components announced it has
completed testing of its Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™) material with Thales
Alenia Space
, the joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo-
(33%) to develop, produce and test components for use in spaceflight.

Under a contract signed in 2016, Norsk Titanium collaborated with Thales
Alenia Space to develop, produce and test an initial qualification
component. Under the terms of the test plan, Norsk Titanium evaluated
the suitability of their RPD™ material to replace near-net shape
forgings for spaceflight applications. Norsk Titanium is pleased to
announce that mechanical testing has been completed and the RPD™
material performed in accordance with the mutually developed
requirements.

“Norsk Titanium is delighted to mature our relationship with Thales
Alenia Space,” said Norsk Titanium CEO Warren M. Boley Jr. “Along with
our recent commercial aerospace successes, this provides further
evidence that Norsk Titanium’s Rapid Plasma Deposition™ material is
ready to support the stringent requirements of the in-space market,
revolutionizing how the industry incorporates titanium into their
critical designs.”

Successful completion of this testing has positioned Norsk Titanium to
be a leading supplier of structural additive manufactured components for
the Thales Alenia Space product lines. Adoption of RPD™ material allows
Thales Alenia Space to improve program performance, cutting current part
buy-to-fly ratios in half and reducing lead-times by 6 months.

“Thales Alenia Space is very pleased to confirm that the Rapid Plasma
Deposition™ solution from Norsk Titanium was successfully tested from a
mechanical point of view. Thales Alenia Space builds larger and larger
material parts using additive manufacturing, which represents an
important advance during the fabrication phase,” explained Florence
Montredon, Additive Manufacturing Technology Development manager at
Thales Alenia Space.

About Norsk Titanium AS

Norsk Titanium AS is the world’s pioneering supplier of aerospace-grade,
additive manufactured, structural titanium components. The company is
distinguished in the aviation industry by its patented Rapid Plasma
Deposition™ (RPD™) process that transforms titanium wire into complex
components suitable for structural and safety-critical applications.
Norsk Titanium is a tier-1 supplier to Boeing and is committed to
cost-reducing aerostructures and jet engines for the world’s premier
aerospace manufacturers. RPD™ is the world’s first FAA-approved,
3D-printed, structural titanium, delivering substantial lead-time and
cost savings for aerospace, defense, and commercial customers. www.norsktitanium.com

About Thales Alenia Space

Thales Alenia Space brings over 40 years of experience to the design,
integration, testing and operation of innovative space systems for
telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental
management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. A joint
venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space
also teams up with Telespazio to form the parent companies’ “Space
Alliance”, which offers a complete range of services and solutions.
Thales Alenia Space has built up unrivaled expertise in dual
(civil-military) missions, constellations, flexible high-throughput
payloads, altimetry, meteorology, and high-resolution radar and optical
observation. The company capitalizes on its strong legacy, while also
making innovation a key to its strategy. By offering a continuous stream
of new products and expanding its global footprint, Thales Alenia Space
has established its leadership in today’s fast-evolving space sector.
Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues of about 2.4 billion
euros in 2016 and has 7,980 employees in nine countries. www.thalesaleniaspace.com

Contacts

Griffin Communications Group
George Torres, 310-947-0982
media@norsktitanium.com
or
Thales
Alenia Space Press Contacts:

Sandrine Bielecki, +33 (0)4 92 92
70 94
sandrine.bielecki@thalesaleniaspace.com
or
Chrystelle
Dugimont, +33 (0)4 92 92 74 06
chrystelle.dugimont@thalesaleniaspace.com