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In order to better respond to the growing need of its customers in terms of composite products integration, Vision Systems is setting up a new production unit that will specifically produce composite parts.
According to Vision, the new composite plant will come and reinforce its existing industrial facilities from drape forming to machining, thus strengthening the control of the product developments from beginning to end. A 1000 m2 dedicated area will see the light of day at Brignais’ site (main site of the group) and will be fully operational by the end of the year.
The establishment of this new production plant is expected in three phases: the first stage concerned restoration and major works, compliance with standards and installation of offices. Then, during the summer, the machining center will be installed, RTM, thermocompression, machining and bonding activities of the actual site will be transferred to the new area. A draping room, a cutting room and a clean room will be set up by the end of the year. Finally, the fourth term of the year will see the construction of new thermocompression equipment and 2016 the investment in an autoclave.
In addition to the products that are already developed (cyclic sticks, windows stiffeners, tubes and shells for shades, sun visor casings and door handles for helicopters), the production of new applications, such as jettisonable helicopter windows or bay windows and frames for the marine and rail markets, will be extended.
“Several projects implying composite are under development for the aeronautics, automotive and marine industries. They are very strategic for our composite business since they make our company take a big step forward in the expansion of our product offer and the mastery of our laminating process for our dimmable solutions,” stated Carl Putman, CEO, Vision Systems.
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