TenCate Advanced Composites USA Inc. consolidated three separate sites originally located in Benicia, Calif. The facilities were relocated to a 65,000-square-foot aerospace facility in Fairfield, Calif., just 10 miles away. As such, the company was able to retain the original workforce of approximately 100 employees.
The facility is made up of two different areas with one creating advanced composite materials for the aerospace industry, and the other compression molding composites for aircraft applications.
“Having three separate facilities was inefficient,” said Michael Cichon, director of marketing. “Even though they were all in the same area, they were three separate buildings. So we increased the size and layout for better efficiency.”
Upgrades include more power, freezer storage for composite laminates, quality-control labs and office space. The Fairfield facility received AS9100:2009 Revision C approval earlier this year.
TenCate is a multinational company that combines textile technology and chemical processes to produce protective materials. The company supplies composite pre-impregnated thermoset epoxies and cyanate esters, thermoplastic laminates, adhesives, high-quality thermoplastic composite prepreg tapes in a variety of fiber/thermoplastic resin combinations and syntactic foams.
The company has three primary prepreg production facilities: two in the U.S., in Fairfield and Morgan Hill, Calif.; and one in the Netherlands.
Just last year, Plastics News reported the Morgan Hill facility added space for thermoplastic composites manufacturing, research and development labs and office space. A news release said the new expanded facility will complement Morgan Hill by providing two sites for redundancy and added capacity.
A subsidiary of TenCate, CCS Composites, benefitted from the investment as well by increasing its pressing capacity by 50 percent, with 1,000-ton pressing capacity for large parts and five-axis routing.