Heico’s Flight Support Group (Hollywood, FL, US) announced that it has acquired Astroseal Products Manufacturing Corp. (Astroseal, Chester, CT, US). Astroseal makes expanded foil mesh that is integrated into composite aerospace structures for lightning strike protection in fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Composite materials are increasingly used in aviation applications, and the company says that expanded foil mesh is the most widely used technology to protect composite structures when struck by lightning.
Most of Astroseal's staff will remain in place after the acquisition and Heico does not anticipate any changes to Astroseal's quality, customer relationships, name or location.
"We are impressed with the technical accomplishments of Ken Grass and his team, as well as the breadth of composite manufacturers' approvals obtained by Astroseal. Astroseal augments Heico Flight Support group's expanding offering of aerospace composite products," Heico said in a statement.
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