ITT Corp. (White Plains, N.Y., USA) reported June 20 at the Paris Air Show that it has launched the next step of its aerospace composites strategic initiative by announcing a plan to construct a new design and manufacturing center that will more than double its current footprint, to meet increasing demand for 21st century aircraft structures.
The center will incorporate the latest in automated composites production technology to address the increased capacity and complexity needs of today's market, and it will also include additional engineering and design facilities. The new building, to be located in the Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, area, is scheduled to be operational in the first quarter of 2012 and will be an addition to ITT's current composites footprint of 130,000 ft2/12,077m2.
"This initiative builds on 40 years of business success in composite structures," said Jim Barber, vice president and general manager of ITT Electronic Systems' Integrated Structures business. "With this new facility, ITT will take its place among the largest producers of critical aircraft structures."
Composites have been produced at ITT's Salt Lake City site since 1969, starting with the building and maintenance of internal water and storage tanks in Boeing 7-series commercial jets. In the 1990s, the company initiated a strategy to focus on larger and more complex external aerospace composite structures. ITT's current composite production includes several major parts on the CH-53K helicopter, Sikorsky Aircraft's composite heavy-lift helicopter to support the U. S. Marine Corps, and more than 250 composite parts for all versions of the F-35 Lightining II Joint Strike Fighter.