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Valence gains Boeing approval for a new titanium etch processing line in the Pacific Northwest

by | Jun 18, 2018

EVERETT, Wash., April 16, 2018 – Valence Surface Technologies (Valence), the world’s largest independent provider of aerospace product finishing services, announced today that it has received Boeing approval for a new, state of the art titanium etch line at its plant in Everett, Washington. The new line is designed to process large aerostructure components up to 12’ in the length, and high quantity orders, alleviating a major constraint in the aerospace supply chain.

Matthew Alty, VP Operations, explained, “We’ve seen a pressing need in the market for titanium processing, especially for growth programs like Boeing’s 777X and 737MAX. Valence already offers extensive titanium processing capabilities at our plant in Seattle (formerly known as Mapsco Inc.) including titanium etch and sol gel for parts under 5’. Based on feedback from our customers we have leveraged this expertise to offer much-needed capacity for parts up to 12’ in length.”

Following the installation of the new capability, Valence implemented an operator training program to transfer process knowledge and operating procedures from its Seattle facility, which culminated in the Everett site receiving Nadcap Merit accreditation and Boeing D1-4426 approval to process titanium per BAC 5753.  Following the successful achievement of Boeing approvals, Valence is now preparing to add titanium processing approvals for Gulfstream, Lockheed, and other aerospace OEMs.

About Valence Surface Technologies

Valence Everett specializes in processing large aerostructure components. The site is a leader in large part processing with 30-foot capability for NDT, shot peen, chemical processing, and painting. Valence now operates three processing facilities strategically located in the Pacific Northwest and provides a complete range of product finishing services for aluminum, titanium and steel parts.

Valence Surface Technologies is the world’s largest independent provider of Aerospace product finishing services. With 10 locations, 530,000+ sq. ft. of manufacturing space, and over 2,500 unique industry approvals, Valence processes more than 16 million parts per year. In addition to being Nadcap accredited, all Valence sites provide specialized metal processing and product finishing services to a diversified set of fast-growing commercial aerospace, defense, and space/satellite markets.

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