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Massachusetts Company Signs Four-Year Exclusive Supply Agreement with Global Designer

IBC Advanced Alloys Corp.,

Wilmington, Massachusetts, has announced it’s been chosen as the exclusive supplier of Beralcast cast components for an unnamed global manufacturer of semiconductor and electronics assembly equipment. Te agreement is for four years and is worth $4.8 million. “High-performance automation and manufacturing are great applica- tions for Beralcast materials and it is a privilege to serve this leading global company,” said Chris Hus- kamp, president, IBC Engineered Materials. “Robotics, precision manufacturing, and automated as- sembly equipment use sophisticated designs and complex components to

meet demanding design criteria and critical tolerances. IBC’s Beralcast components are ultra-lightweight with high modulus and excellent thermal characteristics and are ideally suited to applica- tions requiring high precision and performance. “We are excited to be involved in

precision manufacturing and see many new applications for Beralcast compo- nents in this growing market.” Beralcast alloys are geared toward

aerospace applications. They are lighter and three times stiffer than aluminum. “While IBC will continue to focus

on near term growth opportunities in its core aerospace and defense busi-

ness, we are pleased to be strengthen- ing our relationship with a recognized global leader and look forward to supporting them for many years to come,” said General David Heinz, chief operating officer, IBC. “Recent changes to our IBC Engineered Ma- terials operations have resulted in im- proved production rates and operating efficiencies and we are well positioned to continue and grow our sales in the precision manufacturing sector while we broaden our aerospace product of- ferings and customer base. “We are pleased to enter into this

exclusive agreement for precision- cast components and to support this company’s ongoing commitment to manufacturing excellence.”

New York Facility Casts Oscar Statuettes Closer to Original Polich Tallix, Rock Tavern, New

York, produced the Oscar statuettes for this year’s Academy Awards. Last year, the Academy of Mo-

tion Picture Arts and Sciences looked to make the trophies more closely resemble their original form from when they were first cast and sculpted. According to an item on Polich

Tallix’s website, the 2016 award was modeled after scans of a 1929 Oscar and also one from 2015. “With the help of some 21st cen-

tury technology, we’re able to honor the Oscar’s proud beginnings,” academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said. “The new statuette ex- emplifies impeccable craftsmanship and the enduring nature of art.” The trophies took around 50

days to complete and were coated with 24-karat gold. The trophies were cast in liquid bronze and are 13.5 in. and weigh 8.5 lbs. “Polich Tallix has made many

of such awards honoring all man- ners of accomplishment but never before an object of such renowned and instant recognition,” said Dick Polich, founder.

8 | MODERN CASTING April 2016

For the previous 34 years, the Oscar statuettes had been

produced by R.S. Owens & Company, Chicago.

An Oscar statuette before being placed on its base is shown.

Photo Courtesy of Polich Tallix.

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