TenCate completes California relocation

TenCate Advanced Composites North America has completed the relocation of its prepreg operations from Benicia, Calif., to Fairfield, Calif. The company also has received a supplier excellence award from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

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TenCate Advanced Composites North America (Morgan Hill, Calif., USA) reports that it has completed the relocation of its former Benicia, Calif. prepreg facility to a 65,000-ft2/6,038m2 aerospace-certified facility in Fairfield, Calif. The new facility is 10 miles from the former site.

The new facility consolidates three sites in Benicia to one common facility, allowing greater efficiency and flow in manufacturing. Paul Draghi, vice president of manufacturing, states, "The Fairfield facility has been extensively upgraded with additional power, freezer storage for climate control of our composite laminates, quality control labs and office space."

The Fairfield location has received AS9100:2009 Rev C approval. The new facility complements TenCate's existing Morgan Hill facility, providing customers with two sites for redundancy and additional capacity. As part of this new investment, CCS Composites — which is also a subsidiary of TenCate — has increased pressing capacity by 50 percent. Equipment additions include five-axis routing capability and 1,000 ton pressing capacity for large parts.

In other news, TenCate Advanced Composites North America reports that it has received a Supplier Excellence Award from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. The award recognizes TenCate for outstanding quality and delivery performance of composite prepreg materials. TenCate is among 45 from at total 437 suppliers recognized for this award, having achieved a minimum 95 percent on-time delivery performance, and a 98 percent quality performance ranking. TenCate has been a supplier of composite prepregs to unmanned aircraft system programs of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems since inception.

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