Isostatic Toll Services Bilbao SL, is set to officially open its new Hot Isostatic Pressing facility on 29th January, 2020, in Abanto Zierbena, Biscay, Spain. With a total investment of €14 million ($15.5 million), the new plant will reportedly offer the largest available HIP systems in southern Europe.
Already installed and operational at the Bilbao facility is an AIP52 HIP unit, with a second identical system due to be installed in December 2020. With a hot zone diameter of 1100 and depth of 2500 mm at 103 MPa, the AIP52 is capable of processing large components, such as engine blades, vanes and integral rings used in the aviation industry. In addition to supporting the high-tech aerospace sector, the facility is expected to serve the region’s growing medical implant manufacturing industry.
The new facility has been granted EN 9100 approval by Bureau Veritas and has been successfully audited and approved by Rolls Royce and Pratt & Whitney. Safran approval is currently underway, with Nadcap approval planned for mid 2020.
In addition to providing toll services, staff at ITS Bilbao will support a new AIP European Competence Centre, established to serve the EMEA region with installation, commissioning, maintenance, inspection and repair of AIP’s range of presses and systems.