10 January 2002
10 January 2002
Cincinnati Machine reports that orders for its Composites Manufacturing Systems are at an all-time high.
Exceeding projected sales figures in 2001 for the high-tech machines, the company attributes this surge in orders to the fact that new commercial and military aircraft, space launches and munitions contain a higher percentage of composite components. Composite components replace aluminum and other metal parts by providing added strength, reduced assembly times and, most importantly, less weight to the structure. Cincinnati Machine was the first company to manufacture a production-ready system for the automated lay-up of composite fiber material and continues to be a key partner to aerospace manufacturers in all sectors requiring the advanced equipment.
""This has been a stellar year for our Composites business,"" said Chip Storie, Cincinnati Machine's vice president of marketing, ""and all indicators point to another healthy year in 2002. Typically, large aerospace programs have a long gestation period, and we're just beginning to see many of the programs we've been involved with since their onset come to term.""
Ceramicx, Ireland, has completed an 1800 m2 expansion to its production facility, doubling capacity for the manufacture of infrared heating equipment for the composites industry.
Solvay has inaugurated a new centre in Wrexham, UK, for manufacturing structural adhesives and surfacing films for the aerospace market.
The new laboratory facilities of recently founded TPAC (ThermoPlastic composites Application Centre) were opened by Anka Mulder, President of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, on 14 September.