Cobham to build composites facilty in Virginia

Opening in early 2010, the facility will manufacture advanced composite products for the aerospace and defense industry.

Composites manufacturer Cobham (Wimborne, U.K.) has announced that it will open a composites manufacturing facility in Suffolk, Va., by early 2010. The facility will manufacture advanced composite products for the aerospace and defense industry and is expected to employ 200 people in the first five years of operation.

This new facility will be part of Cobham’s Defense Systems Division and will complement existing facilities in San Diego. Similar products will be produced at both the San Diego and Suffolk facilities, with a strong emphasis on high-volume production programs in the Suffolk facility. The focus will be on advanced aircraft engine components, aircraft and rotorcraft structural products, unmanned aerial vehicle components as well as missile and munitions products for the U.S. defense industry.

Jeremy Wensinger, president Cobham Defense Systems Division, said, “The most significant factors that sold us on Suffolk included its outstanding quality of living, close proximity to excellent academic institutions with complementary curricula to our industry and most importantly a high-technology skilled and disciplined workforce available through the over 18,000 retiring military personnel annually.”

Cobham has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in more than 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4 billion/$2.1 billion.