IBC Advanced Alloys Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Nu-Cast, Inc.
February 4, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) — Opportunity for Development and Market Expansion of Proprietary and High Performance Investment Casting Solutions for Aerospace and Advanced Applications
IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. (TSX VENTURE:IB)(OTCQX:IAALF) (“IBC” or the “Company”) has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) with Nu-Cast, Inc. (“Nu-Cast”), based in Londonderry, NH, to collaborate with IBC on new beryllium-aluminum investment casting projects and opportunities, initially for the aerospace sector.
The MOU outlines a framework for increasing manufacturing capacity and improving production efficiencies of IBC’s proprietary near-net-shape beryllium aluminum castings. The parties will also focus on joint business development initiatives aimed at increasing market share for IBC’s castings which offer significant costs savings and improved delivery times compared to the existing production methods.
IBC’s casting process has a long and successful history, with over 250,000 castings produced to date, and both companies have identified opportunities for significant growth in the aerospace and other markets. A proposed IBC-Nu-Cast initiative will combine the two companies’ complementary skills to address this exciting opportunity and to drive both sector and application growth.
Founded in 1985, Nu-Cast is a recognized global leader of complex aluminum investment castings specializing in large lightweight structures for electronic, optical and aerospace projects. Nu-Cast has an established client base, which includes NASA agencies as well as top tier defense and military contractors including Lockheed-Martin, General Dynamics, Honeywell, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and many others.
The two Companies have identified opportunities to improve manufacturing and marketing efficiencies for beryllium aluminum castings to support future growth. Nu-Cast has extensive experience with aluminum investment castings that will complement IBC’s beryllium aluminum casting expertise. Pursuant to the MOU, the parties will initially evaluate and develop opportunities to expand IB-EMC’s proprietary Beralcast® alloys for aerospace applications.
“Nu-Cast has successfully served the aerospace sector for almost three decades and is an excellent complement to IBC’s technology, team and corporate vision,” said Don McKitterick, President of Nu-Cast. “Beryllium aluminum alloys have a long history of superior performance in aerospace sector,” continued McKitterick, “By combining IBC’s propriety and cost effective castings with Nu-Cast’s manufacturing and marketing experience, we believe there is enormous potential for growth and we look forward to working with IBC on this opportunity.”
“There are many immediate synergies between IBC and Nu-Cast where we can share our respective know-how to better serve the aerospace industry,” said Anthony Dutton, President of IBC. “We are delighted to work with Nu-Cast, who has a long and distinguished track record in the aerospace business, and to mutually increase opportunities for Beralcast® in the aerospace sector and other industries requiring high performance precision castings.”
As recently disclosed, IB-EMC is in the final stages of an advanced qualification process with Lockheed-Martin’s Electro-optical Targeting System (EOTS) team in Orlando, FL. IB-EMC is working with the EOTS engineering, design and quality teams to qualify the Company’s Beralcast® alloys as effective alternatives to improve lead time and affordability of beryllium aluminum aerospace components. IB-EMC has completed several advanced prototype castings which are being used to evaluate Beralcast® alloys and castings for high performance optical aerospace components on Lockheed-Martin’s F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
Beralcast® alloys can be used in virtually any high performance application requiring complex, lightweight and high-stiffness parts and can be substituted for aluminum, magnesium, titanium, metal matrix composites as well as pure beryllium or powder metallurgy beryllium-aluminum. Beralcast’s® principal alloys are more than three times stiffer than aluminum with 22% less weight and can be precision-cast for simple and complex three-dimensional stability. These high modulus alloys are ideal for high performance industrial and high tech components as well as for a wide range of aerospace applications.
About IBC Advanced Alloys Corp.
IBC is an integrated manufacturer and distributor of rare metals (beryllium) based alloys and related products serving a variety of industries including nuclear energy, automotive, telecommunications and a range of industrial applications. IBC has 80 employees and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with production facilities in Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Missouri. IBC is creating a dynamic global beryllium and advanced alloys company. IBC’s common shares are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “IB” and the OTCQX under the symbol “IAALF”.
This news release was prepared by management of IBC, which takes full responsibility for its contents. The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy of this news release. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
This disclosure contains certain forward-looking statements that involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the Company’s control including: the impact of general economic conditions in the areas in which the Company operates, industry conditions, changes in laws and regulations including the adoption of new environmental laws and regulations and changes in how they are interpreted and enforced, increased competition, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, limited availability of raw materials, fluctuations in commodity prices, foreign exchange or interest rates, stock market volatility and obtaining required approvals of regulatory authorities. In addition there are risks and uncertainties associated with manufacturing activities therefore the Company’s future results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. All statements included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on assumptions made by the Company based on its experience, perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances.
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