MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio—A new high-performance alloy from Materion Corporation is engineered to meet tough demands specific to bushings and bearings in heavy equipment, including construction, mining, and forestry equipment, as well as manufacturing equipment and industrial pump applications, the company said in a release.

The heavy equipment market is projected to experience a steady recovery from 2020 levels as companies increase their operations coming out of the pandemic, according to the release.

Materion’s ToughMet 2 CX90 alloy is described as a cost-effective material that can help heavy equipment manufacturers solve materials challenges as they ramp up operations to meet growing market demands.

The ToughMet 2 alloy is reported to be engineered to last longer, carry more load, and require less maintenance than traditional bronzes and steel.

“The ToughMet product line was developed to outperform other materials in harsh environments, and these alloys have consistently delivered outstanding results across a wide range of applications,” said Clive Grannum, president, Materion Performance Alloys and Composites, in the release. “We’re pleased to add ToughMet 2 to our portfolio to address the challenges specific to heavy equipment and manufacturing.”

ToughMet products are said to have set new standards for reliability in harsh environments with their high strength, anti-galling, and wear resistance properties. ToughMet 2 CX90 alloy is designed to meet the requirements of heavy equipment manufacturers looking for a material that efficiently solves high friction and premature wear issues typically encountered in heavy equipment bushing and bearing applications. The cost of the new ToughMet product is comparable to lower strength bronzes, according to the release.

ToughMet 2 CX90 alloy is available for applications that have traditionally used steel or bronze bearing materials, the company said.

Materion Corporation (www.materion.com), through its wholly owned subsidiaries, supplies “highly engineered,  advanced enabling materials to global markets,” the company said in the release. Its products are reported to include precious and non-precious specialty metals, inorganic chemicals and powders, specialty coatings, specialty engineered beryllium alloys, beryllium and beryllium composites, and engineered clad and plated metal systems.

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