GE Aviation has formed a joint venture (JV) with Italian firm Turbocoating to produce coatings for advanced ceramic matrix composites (CMC).
The JV, Advanced Ceramic Coatings (ACC), will provide thermal barrier coatings for CMCs used in jet engines.
It will operate from Turbocoating’s US facility in Hickory, North Carolina. ACC expects to deliver its first coated CMC components in late 2015, which will include the shrouds for CFM International’s LEAP engine.
The JV further expands GE’s CMC operations following the opening of a new facility in October.