Following the recent announcement by metal Additive Manufacturing system OEM Norsk Titanium AS that it will deliver the world’s first FAA-approved, 3D printed, structural titanium components to Boeing, Norsk Titanium today announced it has closed on a significant investment from Triangle Holdings LP (“Triangle”), an aerospace investment company owned by funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC (“Fortress”). Triangle has invested over $1.2 billion in aircraft and aerospace related assets since its formation in 2011. Terms of the investment were not released.
“This strategic investment from Triangle Holdings allows Norsk Titanium to extend our Rapid Plasma Deposition capability fully into the commercial aerospace sector and beyond that- and accelerates its revolutionary changes to metal manufacturing process forever,” said Norsk Titanium Chairman of the Board John Andersen, Jr. “The capabilities of Triangle and its affiliates are extraordinary, and the ambition demonstrated by this strategic investment will bring Norsk Titanium’s customers unprecedented application opportunities.”
In March 2017, Norsk Titanium announced that it will deliver the world’s first FAA-approved, 3D-printed, structural Titanium components to Boeing, and in July 2016 announced a $125M state investment to build the world’s first industrial scale metal additive manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh, New York. The Dreamliner RPD™ components will be on display at the International Paris Airshow, Le Bourget June 19-25, 2017 at Norsk Titanium’s booth in Hall 1, Space H299, along with a full-scale mock-up of the company’s patented MERKE IV™ Rapid Plasma Deposition machine that produced the pioneering structural parts.
“Our focus is on the integration of advanced technologies with smart production and Industrial Internet-of-Things, which will bring a unique set of competences to our platform technology,” said Norsk Titanium President & Chief Executive Officer Warren M. Boley, Jr. “The fourth industrial revolution is being designed by corporations and individuals who display great vision and bold execution, and I am immensely proud to add Fortress as a partner on this ambitious journey.”
Triangle is an investment vehicle which focuses on the aerospace sector. Its activities range from equity investments in operating businesses to the ownership of an aircraft leasing company. Its primary platform is Falko, a specialist aircraft operating leasing, asset management and aircraft services company focused on the regional aircraft sector. It is one of the world’s largest managers of regional jets by aircraft numbers. Triangle was formed in July 2011 when funds managed by Fortress Investment Group completed the purchase of BAE Systems Asset Management and its associated aircraft portfolio.
“Based on a Strategic Cooperation Memorandum, our investment in Norsk Titanium reflects our strategy of investing in game-changing businesses across the aerospace sector,” said Jeremy Barnes, a partner in Triangle. “We look forward to working with Norsk Titanium on proliferating its RPD technology.”
Norsk Titanium AS is one of the world’s pioneering supplier of aerospace-grade, additive manufactured, structural titanium components. The company is distinguished in the aviation industry by its patented Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) process that transforms titanium wire into complex components suitable for structural and safety-critical applications. The Norsk Titanium research and development team is committed to displacing the inefficient forging and machining processes with a precision wire deposition technology enabling substantial savings for aerospace, defense, and commercial applications.