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HITCO enters long-term strategic agreement with Denel Saab for composite components manufacturing

HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc., Gardena, California, U.S.A., a subsidiary of SGL Group - The Carbon Company - announced today it has entered into a long-term strategic agreement with Denel Saab Aerostructures Ltd., a subsidiary of South African and Swedish aerospace manufacturers to collaborate in composite components manufacturing for the Embraer C-390 Military Transport Aircraft.  Denel Saab and HITCO intend to produce composite components, such as the Aft Fuselage, ensuring that the aircraft meets established performance goals within aircraft weight targets.  Enhanced, automated manufacturing solutions will be offered by these two companies to maximize customer value and affordability.  

In announcing this agreement, Peter Hoffman, President of HITCO Carbon Composites said: "HITCO took delivery of its Viper® 6000 Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) machine in October 2008 from Cincinnati MAG.  This AFP equipment complements our existing Automated Tape Laying (ATL) capacity that will provide commercial and military customers automated solutions to their growing composite needs for major aerostructure components.  We will utilize our AFP equipment for fabricating the complex composite Aft Fuselage II work package."  

"Together, HITCO and Denel Saab will offer 'Best Value' because of our unique combination of attributes including: time to market, schedule adherence, quality and reduced risk," said Hoffman.  

Lana Kinley, CEO of Denel Saab Aerostructures also commented: "We at Denel Saab are pleased to have HITCO on board offering advanced manufacturing solutions for the Embraer C-390 program.  Like them, we have invested in major plant upgrades and capital equipment.  By entering into this relationship, we offer a great value-add to our customers."  

HITCO, supported by its parent SGL Group, has developed enhanced capabilities for manufacturing composites for the aerospace industry.  The company continues to execute its plan for expanding and upgrading its production facilities to accommodate even more modern production equipment.  The recent plant investments and enhanced automated manufacturing capabilities enable the company to serve as a value-added supplier and partner to its OEM and Tier I customers, thus enabling HITCO to fulfill its mission of becoming a world-class Tier II supplier to the aerospace industry.

Press release issued by Avcorp Composite Fabrication on January 26, 2009

 

 Contact details from our directory:
Denel Aerostructures SOC Engineering Design Services, Fuselage Sections, Fairings, Aircraft Structural Components, Cargo Systems
Fives Machining Systems, Inc. Composite Manufacturing Supplies, Boring Equipment, Lathes, Machining Systems, Cutting Equipment, Cutting Tools, Composite Tape Lay-down, Grinding, Laminating Equipment, Gantries, Drilling Equipment, Routing, Milling, Numeric Control Equipment, Materials Handling Equipment, Systems Integration
Avcorp Composite Fabrication Fairings, Composite Manufacturing Services, Subcontracted Composite Parts, Wings

 

 Related aircraft programs:
Embraer KC-390

 

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