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IMfT/Rolls-Royce Aerospace Metalforming Initiative

Opportunities for forming flexible volumes of aerospace components

Rolls-Royce Aerospace have identified an interest in obtaining supply chain partners who can provide low to medium volumes of a range of small components which are used across a number of aero engines.

To further this activity on 3rd April 2007 R-R invited IMfT members and other metalforming specialists to an initial process and product information exchange day.

As can be seen from the Programme, Rolls-Royce began the day by presenting their Corporate and Purchasing strategies in this area followed by the technical challenges which the manufacture of typical components introduces. The meeting was attended by a range of R-R engineers and purchasing staff who discussed the opportunities presented during Q and A sessions and over lunch.

A two way mutual benefit was obtained from R-R personnel being able to hear from academic and industrial metalforming specialists various methods which could be used to manufacture parts by forming and how this could be progressed.

The event provided opportunities for R-R staff to meet and exchange contact details with IMfT members and others with a view to taking matters further on individual company basis.


10-00 – 10.30     Arrival and Coffee

10.30                 R-R Corporate and Purchase Presentation

11.00                 R-R Challenges for Metalforming – Materials, Geometries, Tolerance

11.30                 Incremental Deformation Processes – Peter Standring, University of Nottingham

12.00                 Luncheon

12.30                 Visit to R-R Technology Centre and Exhibition Hall

2.00                   Invited Presentations

                                    Stephen Panke – Pearson Panke Ltd.   (Spinning, Floforming & Rotary Swaging)
                                    Andrew Turner – New Markets Ltd.        (Rotary Swaging - GFM)                                  
                                    David Hughes – Floform Ltd.                 (Cold Extrusion of Bi-metallic Materials)

3.00                   Question and Answer Session

3.30                   Departure

On 14 June 2007 a second meeting was held at the University of Nottingham. The morning session was a follow-up to the 3rd April meeting held at R-R, Derby. The afternoon session was on an automotive and general metalforming theme.


10.00  Arrival – coffee

10.30  Up date on Rolls-Royce metalforming initiative

- presentation of typical components

- open discussion

12.30  Lunch and networking

13.30  Visit to 5 axis water jet cutting facility

14.00  Afternoon Presentations

Automotive industry in China – Mei-Yi (Winnie) Song, Researcher, University of Nottingham

Winnie has just returned from a four month study tour of the automotive industry in China where she visited major OEM’s and their suppliers. Winnie also had extensive interviews with Chinese government officials responsible for automotive issues, trade bodies and supply chain executives. The talk gave an overview of Winnie’s findings and impressions of what is taking place in the world’s most dynamic automotive market.

SMMT announce new service to match buyers to suppliers in the automotive industry – Yung Tran, e-Business Manager, Society of Motor Traders and Manufacturers (SMMT)

Yung presented information on a new service to be launched by The SMMT in August with a free trial period for users.
The service would create an online community and offer a win-win for both parties by:
a)  Helping buyers find the right suppliers and in doing so, take away the burden of having to find and research potential suppliers - resulting in cost savings both in terms of time and costs.
b)  Helping suppliers win new business.

Feed back on:

- International Conference “New developments in forging technology”, Stuttgart, 7 – 9 May 2007
Please note a copy of the Proceedings is in the IMfT Library in the IFU section for the use of Members.

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15.30  Departure

For further details on the IMfT/Rolls-Royce metalforming initiative please contact Dr. Peter Standring, Technical Secretary to IMfT, Tel: 0115 9514061, email