HITCO wins 747 contracts

HITCO Carbon Composites will build plenum ducts and machine wing spoiler beams for the Boeing 747 wide body.

HITCO Carbon Composites Ind. (Los Angeles, Calif.), a subsidiary of the German firm SGL Group, The Carbon Group, announced on Nov. 27 the signing of a long-term contract to build for Pratt & Whitney, PW 901 A plenum ducts to be used on The Boeing Co.’s 747 wide-body airliner. This component is comprised of three main composite duct pieces that make up the APU engine cover.

HITCO also reports that it will machine wing spoiler beams for the 747 wide body. HITCO will supply these components to Boeing’s Salt Lake City, Utah, location.

HITCO says its recent investment in state-of-the-art plant and equipment modernization is opening up new opportunities for it to provide production volumes of highly engineered products to its customers. For example, HITCO will use a CATIA-based model to machine these spoiler beams, allowing the company to save time and money for its customers by using the SNK five-axis machine.