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Hardwire Expands Armour Manufacturing Facility

02 October 2009

Hardwire LLC, a developer and supplier of composite armour, is to double its manufacturing capacity by extending the company’s main production facility in Pocomoke City, Maryland.

The development is Hardwire's second large capacity increase in two years, which the company says is critical in order to meet the growing demand for lightweight vehicle armour solutions.

Hardwire's armour manufacturing facility will expand from its current nameplate 3 million square feet annualized capacity to over 6 million square feet in high-pressure lamination. The expansion is anchored by a 12,000-ton high pressure laminating press capable of producing pressed armour plates, flat or curved, up to 50 square feet each. The manufacturing facilities and associated computer numerical controlled (CNC) finishing work cells were also expanded to support this significant lamination capacity increase.

""With the increasing need and demand for the lightest weight armour, the fibre industry invested in significant capacity increases"", said Rob Cosgriff, Hardwire's Director of Manufacturing. ""We responded concurrently to expand the proprietary processes we developed to allow for unprecedented scale in transforming the raw materials into fielded products with no delay to our combat troops. This new press has been developed in a manner to allow complete redundancy with our existing press systems while allowing uninterrupted operation of the current press line. The full expansion capabilities are nearing completion.""

This additional manufacturing capacity gives Hardwire the ability to develop leading-edge armour solutions that meet specific customer requirements across a broader range of programs on a large scale, and with shorter lead times.

This new facility is located adjacent to Hardwire's original armour and composites development centre. Hardwire's armour development and manufacturing campus now also includes a third facility used to provide support for Hardwire's armour production and its other security products.