High-Performance Composites

NOV 2014

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3 8 | H I G H - P E R F O R M A N C E C O M P O S I T E S PLANT TOUR / FACC AG hen it received Frost & Sul- livan's Global Market Share Leadership Award in 2012, FACC AG (Ried im Innkreis, Austria) already had a 30-year history in composites and had become a Tier 1 supplier to Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault and Em- braer. Yet it remains relatively unknown in the composites industry. This hardly seems possible for a com- pany that holds contracts for parts on every major commercial airframe now in production. FACC employs more than 3,000 people (more than 700 are engi - neers) and maintains four fabrication fa- cilities, totaling 60,300m 2 /649,000 ft 2 , in Austria alone. But it also has forged joint ventures in Russia, China and Abu Dha- bi, U.A.E., and has customer support/en- gineering operations in China, Germany, India, Russia, Canada and the U.S. The company has focused on three product portfolios: Interiors, Aerostruc- tures and Engines & Nacelles. Consid- ering innovation one of its core capa- bilities — e.g., the now-standard door hinge with integrated damper for interior stowbins and the industry's frst com- posite wingbox components produced in a one-shot, out-of-autoclave (OOA) pro- cess — FACC is poised to expand into primary structures and recently guided HPC through several of its Austrian fa- cilities, offering the following glimpse into its global operation. (Take a walk through FACC history in "FACC timeline: Engineer-centric evolution," on p. 41.) Emphasis on innovation HPC was accompanied by CEO Walter Stephan and aerostructures product Aerospace headquarters in Austria FACC AG's Plants 1 (Ried im Innkreis) and 4, in neighboring Ort im Innkreis, are just two of five facilities in Austria, including a new R&D/Technology Center and adjacent Composite Lab (see Fig. 4). They are augmented by joint ventures in Russia, China and the U.A.E. Source: FACC W This pragmatic Austria-based innovator is pursuing lofty goals in an aerocomposites future full of opportunity. FACC AG: AEROCOMPOSITES POWERHOUSE BY GINGER GARDINER

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