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Taber Extrusions and Bond Technologies Announce Friction Stir-Welding Technology

Friday, April 12, 2019  
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AEC member Taber Extrusions of Russellville, AR and Gulfport, MS, announced they have added Friction Stir Welding capabilities to their existing services, which currently include aluminum extrusions, fabrication, billet casting, and micro-extrusions. The addition of in-house FSW capabilities creates a vertically integrated supplier of FSW panels and assemblies never before seen in North America, according to the company's press release.

Eric Angermeier, President of Taber Extrusions is enthusiastic about their acquisition of a new Friction Stir Welder at their Russellville, Arkansas manufacturing facility. “Besides the additional jobs and revenue this expansion will bring to our central Arkansas community, we are very much looking forward to Taber’s new horizons into technology and product development. The welder will be housed in a new 60K square foot expansion to our current Russellville facility. This equipment further promotes our strategy of moving Taber toward being a solutions-oriented company offering highly engineered products. This Friction Stir Welder, with the latest technology, is purposely built for the long, wide extrusions being produced on our current extrusion presses. This process gives us the added benefit of vertical integration allowing us to not only better serve our existing customers, but gives us the opportunity to develop new markets and products.”

Dave Hofferbert, President of Bond Technologies, Inc. in Elkhart, IN said, “As a leader in the Aluminum Industry, Taber works with clients in military, government, aircraft and aerospace, shipbuilding, infrastructure – and so much more. The aluminum extrusion shapes they are creating for these clients are absolutely ideal for Friction Stir Welding technology. It’s been our pleasure to work with Taber to make FSW implementation possible and bring the known benefits of FSW to their production process.” Bond Technologies is a leader in Friction Stir Welding machinery, tools and process.