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Alcoa Wins Long-Term Gas Turbine Parts Contract


Alcoa Power and Propulsion (APP), New York, has signed a long-term agreement with Siemens Energy to supply investment-cast blades and vanes for a wide range of industrial gas turbines. Siemens Energy is one of the world’s leading suppliers of products, solutions and services in the energy technology field. Contract terms were not disclosed. Alcoa parts made in the U.S. and Europe will be used


in, among others, the Siemens F-Class turbine which gen- erates enough power to supply the energy needs of a city of 300,000 residents. “Alcoa’s blades and vanes operate in the most demand-


ing section of the turbine, where temperatures sometimes exceed the melting point of the casting and the rotational rate exceeds the speed of sound,” said Andreas Fischer- Ludwig, director of Global Blades & Vane Business, Sie- mens Energy. “But even in that severe environment, Alcoa technology keeps the castings working optimally, which is crucial to our global customers who need to generate electricity dependably.” According to Allen Zwierzchowski, vice president, APP, Alcoa is well positioned to support demand for industrial gas turbines as power suppliers use greater amounts of low- priced natural gas to produce electricity. The Alcoa contract builds upon a 30-year relationship


with Siemens and provides the opportunity to collabo- rate on technology to further improve industrial gas turbine performance. APP is a major business unit of Alcoa, a global pro- ducer of primary and fabricated aluminum with bauxite mining and alumina refining operations. APP is a global leader in airfoil and structural investment castings serving the aerospace, defense, energy and industrial markets. With 25 production facilities, APP employs more than 9,000 people worldwide.


Pictured are (l to r): Ronald Schmidt, head of business administration, Tur- bine Blades and Vanes, Fossil Products, Siemens; Andreas Fischer-Ludwig, head of Turbine Blades and Vanes, Fossil Products, Siemens; Lennart Nils- son, president, Gas Turbines, Fossil Power, Siemens; Allen Zwierzchowski, vice president, APP; Thierry Toupin, CEO, Fossil Products, Siemens; Brian Malloy, commercial vice president, IGT, APP; Andreas DeWeze, manager, Strategic Procurement Turbine Blades and Vanes, Siemens; and Joe Do- natelli, global account manager, IGT, APP.


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