New business triggers expansion for Composites Horizon

Composites Horizons adds a third building to its operations for machining, final assembly, trim, coating, inspection and measuring processes.

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Composites Horizons Inc. (CHI, Covina, Calif., USA) announced on Nov. 30 that it is undergoing a major expansion program to support recently signed new contracts. CHI is part of the Aerostructures & Composites division of the U.K.-based Hampson Group.

Prior to the expansion, CHI's facilities were housed in two adjacent buildings in Covina, Calif. The recently added adjacent third building adds an additional 41,000-ft2 /3,809m2 (an 82 percent increase). Renovations at the existing CHI buildings included a 2,300-ft2/214m2 expansion of a polyimide clean room.

The expanded site includes additional capacity to support projected growth along with machining, final assembly space and areas for trim, coating, inspection and measuring. The three buildings centralize CHI's entire operations including fabrication, assembly and delivery operations, as well as management and engineering offices and accounting services.

The expansion also includes investment in new process equipment, including a six-axis Fidia K414 CNC mill with rotary table; on-site Ultrasonic NDI with contour following, pulse echo/thru transmission, A and C scan, and a 10-ft tank; an ASC 10-ft by 20-ft high-temperature autoclave that reaches 800°F and 250 psi; a 10-ft by 25-ft high-temperature oven; a Romer infinite 2.0 portable CMM with 10-ft capability, and a Flow waterjet trim center.

"This expansion allows us to continue providing our customers with the best, most technologically advanced production solutions available," stated Jeff Hynes, president of CHI. "Developing and maintaining long-term relationships with our customers is very important to us. This expansion ensures that we remain fully capable of doing just that."