Spanish composites firm lured to U.S. by potential Boeing work

Spanish carbon fiber composites manufacturer Carbures is investing $6.5 million in its first North American facility near Charleston, S.C., in hopes of landing manufacturing work on Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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The Charleston Regional Business Journal (Charleston, S.C., USA) on Sept. 28 reported that composites structures manufacturer Carbures LLC (Cadiz, Spain) will locate its first North American facility in Greenville County at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center.

According to the report, Carbures, a manufacturer of carbon fiber composites structures for the aerospace industry, will invest $6.5 million and generate at least 50 jobs over the next five years, the Greenville Area Development Corp. and S.C. Department of Commerce announced today.

Carbures executives president Carlos Guillen, CEO Rafael Contreras, CEO Ivan Contreras and vice president Angel Vallejo told the paper that the location was picked because Carbures wants to position itself to provide composite components to Boeing for the 787 Dreamliner, parts of which are manufactured in Charleston. 

According to the report, Vallejo said the company’s experience supplying for Airbus has prepared the company to be potential suppliers for Boeing and other aviation companies. “We already provide for one of the major players in the aircraft industry in the world. We are prepared. We have the knowledge. We know how big companies work and what we can expect from big companies to ask from us,” Vallejo said. “We are fully ready and willing of course, to work for Boeing.”

The design and manufacturing facility is set to open in 2Q 2012. 

Click here for original report in the Charleston Regional Business Journal.