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22nd August 2016, Marlborough

Atlanta expansion for Web Industries

Web Atlanta is expanding its automated prepreg cutting and ply kitting operations. © Web IndustriesLeading flexible materials converter Web Industries, headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts, has been expanding its Atlanta plant for composites – believed to be the largest such plant in the world.

Having now completed the first part of a $12 million, three-year infrastructure investment plan to increase efficiency and capacity at Web Atlanta, the company is anticipating a five-fold growth in aerospace composite formatting business over the next decade.

To meet growing demand for Web’s PrecisionSlit composite slit tape, the company has developed new processes that enable the production of longer slit tape spools with improved slit tape edges and an increased usable life span, all of which offer aerospace companies better manufacturing production rates. Taking place in a set of linked climate-controlled rooms, these new processes quickly thaw frozen raw composite material parent rolls, prep them for formatting in an ISO 8 clean room environment, and then hold the prepped material in a temperature-controlled ‘suspended animation’ until slitting can occur.

To support the rapidly-growing base of aerospace fabricators based in the south-eastern US that utilize hand lay-up processes, Web Atlanta is expanding its automated prepreg cutting and ply kitting operations. Four additional cutting tables will join  existing assets in a customized environment optimized for FOD-free production and offering the region’s aerospace, defence, and aviation industries a centrally-located, AS9100C certified supplier of custom-tailored composite ply kits.   

To handle the projected increase in raw and formatted composites volumes, Web Atlanta has built a new 120,800 cubic feet cold storage freezer bringing total freezer capacity to 289,214 cubic feet.

“Every sector of the commercial aerospace industry is looking to increase build rates and fulfil outstanding orders," said Mark Pihl, Web’s President and COO. “Our continued investment in the expansion of the Atlanta facility and the ongoing development of new formatting technologies will allow our company to stay ahead of demand for composite slit tape and ply kits and will reinforce our position within the industry as the trusted source for formatted composites at commercial-scale volumes in support of major aerospace development programmes.”

A 100% employee-owned company, Web Industries has slitting, spooling, winding and ply formatting operations for composites, nonwovens, speciality films, papers, foils, laminates and foams for downstream manufacturing across a range of industries.

 

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