GE Aviation acquires additive manufacturers Morris Technologies and RQM
December 3, 2012
GE Aviation has acquired the assets of both Morris Technologies and its sister company Rapid Quality Manufacturing (RQM). The two privately-held companies specialise in additive manufacturing for creating rapid prototypes and end use production components.
“Morris Technologies and Rapid Quality Manufacturing are parts of our investment in emerging manufacturing technologies,” stated Colleen Athans, Vice President and General Manager of the Supply Chain Division at GE Aviation. “Our ability to develop state of the art manufacturing processes for emerging materials and complex design geometry is critical to our future. We are so fortunate to have Morris Technologies and Rapid Quality Manufacturing just minutes from our headquarters. We know them well.”
Founded in Cincinnati, USA, by Greg Morris, Wendell Morris and Bill Noack in 1994, Morris Technologies (Sharonville) and Rapid Quality Manufacturing (West Chester) have supplied parts to GE Aviation for several years, as well as to GE Power Systems.
GE Aviation is a leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components, and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft.
Both Morris Technologies and RQM have already been contracted by GE Aviation to produce components for the LEAP jet engine being developed by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of GE and Snecma (SAFRAN) of France. The LEAP engine, which is scheduled to enter service in the middle of this decade on three different narrow-body aircraft, has already received more than 4,000 engine orders.
Posted by: Paul Whittaker, Editor ipmd.net, [email protected]
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