Royal Engineered Composites breaks ground on first phase of expansion

The phase one expansion, 30,000 sq-ft, will house a cleanroom, autoclaves, ply cutting table and a waterjet machining center.

Royal Engineered Composites (Minden, Neb., USA) on June 30 broke ground on phase one of three expansions planned. Upon completion of phase one, Royal will have added just more than 30,000 ft2/2,787m2, which will bring its total space to 82,000 ft2/7,618m2. The first expansion will house a cleanroom for graphite/epoxy part production and will house Royal’s five autoclaves. Royal has also created a new parking lot on the west side of the building to accommodate growth. Royal’s equipment purchase list includes a 12-by-30-ft (3.7-by-9.1m) autoclave, a ply cutting table with conveyor system and a composite waterjet machining center from Flow Inc. (Kent, Wash., USA).

The phase one expansion is slated for completion in November 2011. The expanded facilities will expand Royal’s capabilities to produce larger parts and assemblies and accommodate higher volume contracts.

Royal has been experiencing steady growth for the last 10 years and expects that trend to continue. Jarrod Ridge, business development manager at Royal, says, “As more aircraft are being designed or retrofitted to include additional composite content than ever before, the supply chain has become increasingly more important. Our customers are driving our growth based on our dedication to performance and being that stable supplier that allows them to focus on the future.”