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ATI chosen to lead Metals Affordability Initiative

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Advanced Technology International, a research and development nonprofit in Summerville, has signed a nine-year, $333 million agreement to lead the Metals Affordability Initiative.

The initiative, established in 1999, is a consortium of about 19 companies sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory to give original equipment manufacturers, component manufacturers and metals producers a place to exchange information, according to a report on the Air Force’s website.

ATI program manager Jon Tirpak said consortium members and the Air Force wanted a neutral company to lead the initiative, which was previously led by a member of the consortium.

Tirpak said ATI’s primary role will be to facilitate communication between the companies in the consortium and the government.

The Metals Affordability Initiative is meant to reduce aircraft component costs and accelerate implementation of technological advancements, according to a news release from ATI.

ATI, a subsidiary of Falls Church, Va.-based Analytic Services Inc., organizes and manages business operations for federally funded research-and-development firms across the country.

Reach Patrick Hoff at 843-849-3144.

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