High demand for Fine Tubes short lead times for seamless titanium tubing at 50th Paris Air Show

Published on: 19th July 2013

Fine Tubes attended the 50th Paris Air Show in June, joining over 2000 other exhibitors from 44 countries. The Paris Air Show is a world-renowned display of the latest innovations in aerospace, and the event generated high interest in the company’s product range of precision aerospace tubing, specifically for the short lead times in the production of seamless titanium hydraulic tubing.
Having supplied the aerospace industry with high performance tubes for over 50 years, Fine Tubes is recognised as a reliable and proven partner for its commitments to its customers. The tube manufacturer has built a reputation for first class product quality and the Paris Air Show provided an exciting opportunity for Fine Tubes to showcase its mission critical tubes.

With high numbers of visitors to the Fine Tubes stand, the company were able to forge great new relationships with other industry leaders at the show.

“The 50th edition of the Paris Air Show has been very successful for Fine Tubes, providing a great platform to network with the aerospace industry’s major players. The meetings at the show indicated strong demand for titanium alloys 3Al2.5V, 4Al2.5V and CP Grade 2 matching our expertise in manufacturing these lightweight products,” reports Charles Ferreira, Business Development Manager of Western Europe who heads up the Fine Tubes office in Orléans.

A highlight of the show was the third test flight of the new Airbus A350 aircraft. Fine Tubes is involved in the development of high-pressure tubes for the new engine of the A350 XWB, which is due to go into service in 2014. Airbus announced new sales for the energy-efficient A350 aircraft plane, with 69 orders and commitments worth $21.4 billion made at the show.
“As one of the leading innovators in metal tube fabrication, we are able develop tubing solutions in new, higher strength grades of titanium which can offer substantial weight savings compared to the current industry standard”, comments Paul Mallett, Aerospace Business Development Executive at Fine Tubes. “Our specialist expertise in seamless titanium 3Al2.5V, 4Al2.5V and CP Grade 2 make us the ideal partner for the supply of lightweight hydraulic tubes used in the high pressure systems in aircrafts. Our lead time of around 12 weeks for your titanium tubing range proved to be particularly attractive to the industry and created a high demand for our precision tubes.”

Another great positive was Fine Tubes being awarded supplier approval from SNECMA, the multinational aircraft and rocket engine manufacturer. Mr Ferreira commented: "…at this year’s Paris Air Show M. Eric Jirnov, SNECMA Raw Material Purchasing Manager, and I concluded the Fine Tubes approval for the supply of high specification tubes for the SNEMCA programme. After two years of hard work from us and SNEMCA, a new and exciting collaboration has begun."