High-Performance Composites

MAR 2013

High-Performance Composites is read by qualified composites industry professionals in the fields of continuous carbon fiber and other high-performance composites as well as the associated end-markets of aerospace, military, and automotive.

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BIZ BrIEFS Hexcel Corp. (Stamford, Conn.) announced on Jan. 22 that it had received a 2012 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Co. (Chicago, Ill.) issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Hexcel maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012. "We are proud to be recognized by our largest customer for superior supply performance," said Mike Canario, Hexcel VP and general manager for the Americas. According to a story at the NavalTechnology.com Web site, dated Jan. 3, and several other publications, the U.S. Navy has awarded a modification contract to the BellBoeing Joint Program (Amarillo, Texas) to develop and deliver 21 additional V-22 Osprey aircraft. Under the $1.4 billion modification deal, which follows a previously awarded contract, Bell-Boeing will supply 17 MV-22 Osprey aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and four CV-22 aircraft to U.S. Air Force (USAF) Special Operations. Under the contract terms, the partnership also will provide the long-lead components necessary to develop and deliver 19 MV22 tilt-rotor aircraft to the USMC and 18 CV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft to the USAF in fiscal year 2014, says the published report. The composites-intensive aircraft has been designed to support a wide range of naval missions, including combat, search and rescue, fleet logistics support, special warfare support and amphibious assault, as well as long-range "special ops" infiltration and exfiltration. Work on this contract is scheduled to be complete in September 2016, with the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command serving as the contracting entity. march 2013 | 19

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