Bharat Forge Ltd. (BFL) signed a multi-year contract with Boeing Commercial Airplane to supply titanium forgings for wing components for the next-generation 737 and 737 MAX aircraft. Under the agreement, Bharat Forge will begin supplying pre-machined forgings from its facilities in Pune and Baramati to Boeing in the first quarter of 2016. The titanium parts will be heat treated, shaped in a forging press and machined by Bharat Forge before being shipped to Boeing Portland for finish-machining into components. The components will then be installed into aircraft wings at Boeing’s assembly plant in Renton, Wash.
In other news, Bharat Forge recently inaugurated the High Tech Locomotive Component Manufacturing facility at its Centre for Advanced Manufacturing in Baramati. The Railways business segment is an integral part of Bharat Forge’s plan to grow with India’s infrastructure development and is the cornerstone of its diversification strategy. This state-of-the-art facility will exclusively focus on developing critical and sophisticated components and products for the railway sector. Bharat Forge supplies critical and high-performance components such as crankshafts, connecting rods and portal axles for locomotive applications to major railway networks across the world, including in the U.S., Europe and Russia. Currently, Bharat Forge is the only crankshaft manufacturer in India for the industrial sector.