U.S.-based composites maker Cytec Industries Inc. is opening a new kitting facility based in Toulouse, France, next to its existing process materials site.
Claire Michel, communications manager for Cytec, told Plastics News Europe: “the overall site capacity is 4,500 square meters which is sufficient space to accommodate kitting of the largest aerospace composite structures.” Michel said investment in the site was around $10 million.
The company states the capacity will allow it to manufacture large vacuum bagging consumable kits for applications such as aircraft wings or wind turbine blades.
Shane Fleming, Cytec's President, Chairman and CEO said in a statement: “This is an exciting time for Cytec. Over the past few years, we have been re-shaping our portfolio of businesses and focusing on growing the materials segments, which comprise two-thirds of Cytec's global revenues. The investment in this facility is a perfect complement to our legacy business where we have supplied structural materials to the aerospace market for almost 50 years.”
Cytec Process Materials already provides a kitting service out of two sites in the U.S. along with England and Italy.
Cytec reported $2 billion in sales for 2014, employs 4,600 worldwide and has 33 sites in 11 countries.