July 9, 2012
Dr. Leslie Cohen
HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc.
Tel: +1 (800) 421-5444 Fax: +1 (310) 970-5468
HITCO Receives Excellence Award in Manufacturing Technology Achievement
Los Angeles, CA, July 9, 2012. HITCO Carbon Composites, a subsidiary of SGL Group – The Carbon Company announced today that it received the 2011 Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award from a composites industry leadership group “The Composites Consortium” (TCC) for its work in processing leading edge advanced composite materials. The award recognizes excellence in advanced manufacturing technology for composite materials.
“We are very pleased to receive this award,” said Anthony Lawson, HITCO’s President. “Through the perseverance and hard work of our employees as well as that of our various team members, we were able to meet or exceed all of the project’s goals for automated fabrication of Out-of-Autoclave Materials. These achievements set the stage for widespread use of this new class of composites in future production applications.”
“I congratulate the winners of The Composites Consortium’s annual achievement awards,” said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. “The SCRA-led Composites Manufacturing Technology Center is internationally recognized for applying new materials and processes to achieve both improved mission fitness and economic returns. These awards represent the collaboration and teamwork required to sustain innovation, and I look forward to many future successful programs with The Composites Consortium.”
The Composites Consortium enables industry participation within the Composites Manufacturing Technology Center (CMTC) of Excellence, a Department of Defense(DOD) R&D initiative administered by the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA). CMTC is one of nine U. S. Navy Manufacturing Technology Centers of Excellence currently operating within the country. These centers support the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research and are renowned internationally for their work in improving weapons systems and troop safety for U.S. forces as well as processes, cost effectiveness and efficiencies for the DOD.
HITCO, which has a multi-decade long track record of supplying composite components to the U.S. Navy for production programs including submarine bow domes and fairings, participated as a member of the Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) of Out-of-Autoclave Materials Project Team. The project team received the award for its work in manufacturing aerospace composite components using the latest carbon fiber and polymer systems. The project utilized advanced materials and processing methods, successfully manufacturing high-tech composites at reduced tooling costs. Additional team members included Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company, GKN Aerospace Aerostructures, Spirit AeroSystems, ElectroImpact, Ingersoll Machine Tools, MAG IAS, Cytec Engineered Materials and SCRA Applied R&D.
About HITCO Carbon Composites.
HITCO Carbon Composites, a subsidiary of SGL Group – The Carbon Company, is a leading supplier of composite structures and advanced materials primarily for the aerospace / aircraft and defense markets. Founded in 1922 and based in Gardena, California, HITCO was an early specialist in composite structures and materials. Today HITCO continues to pursue its goal of becoming the premier Tier II Aerostructures supplier for commercial aviation, military and space applications. Additionally, HITCO has a leading global position as a supplier of high temperature materials and carbon-carbon brakes for military & commercial aircraft, high performance race cars and high value industrial applications.
About SGL Group – The Carbon Company
SGL Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbon-based products. It has a comprehensive portfolio ranging from carbon and graphite products to carbon fibers and composites. SGL Group’s core competencies are its expertise in high-temperature technology as well as its applications and engineering know-how gained over many years. These competencies enable the Company to make full use of its broad material base. SGL Group’s carbon-based materials combine several unique properties such as electrical and thermal conductivity, heat and corrosion resistance as well as high mechanical strength combined with low weight. Due to the paradigm shift in the use of materials as a result of the worldwide shortage of energy and raw materials, there is a growing demand for SGL Group’s high-performance materials and products from an increasing number of industries. Carbon and graphite products are used whenever other materials such as steel, aluminum, copper, plastics, wood etc. fail due to their limited properties. Products from SGL Group are used predominantly in the steel, aluminum, automotive, chemical and glass/ceramics industries. However, manufacturers in the semiconductor, battery, solar/wind energy, environmental protection, aerospace and defense industries as well as in the nuclear energy industry also figure among the Company’s customers.
With 46 production sites in Europe, North America and Asia as well as a service network covering more than 100 countries, SGL Group is a company with a global presence. In 2011, the Company’s workforce of around 6,500 generated sales of €1,540 million. The Company’s head office is located in Wiesbaden/Germany.
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