Rolls-Royce chief operating officer Mark McDonald and Forgital chief executive Nadir Spezzapria sealed a deal at the show that makes the Italian seamless and laminated hot-forged rings specialist R-R's exclusive supplier of titanium forgings for fan case modules in the Trent XWB engines that will power Airbus A350s.

This agreement marks Forgital's first risk- and revenue-sharing relationship with R-R.

Spezzapria said this "exciting challenge represents a new starting point in the industrial development of the Forgital group". And, he added, his grandfather - who worked as a blacksmith - would have been very proud of the achievement.

McDonald praised Forgital's attitude and said the XWB contract represented a "long-term revenue stream" for the engine maker's latest partner.

Forgital, headquartered near Vicenza, Italy, was founded in 1873. Aerospace customers include GE Aviation, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Snecma, MTU, Avio, MT Aerospace, Agusta Westland and Astrium.

Source: Flight Daily News