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7/23/2012 | 1 MINUTE READ

T.E.A.M. acquires equipment of Elite Carbon Fabrics LLC

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Rhode Island-based weaver T.E.A.M has acquired certain assets of California-based carbon fiber fabric weaver Elite Carbon Fabrics, including equipment and some raw material; T.E.A.M. will restart west coast manufacturing operations immediately.


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T.E.A.M. Inc. (Woonsocket, R.I., USA), a weaver of 2-D and 3-D fabrics and net shape preforms for composites applications, announced on July 23 that it has acquired certain assets of carbon fabric weaver Elite Carbon Fabrics LLC (Vacaville, Calif., USA). The acquisition includes equipment and some raw material. Separately, T.E.A.M. has hired key personnel, including Andrew Hickson, and leased Elite’s former manufacturing facility located in Vacaville.

“T.E.A.M. has been evaluating ways to better support and expand our customer base in key markets, including the west coast, for some time now,” says Steve Clarke, T.E.A.M.’s co-founder and president. “This transaction not only increases our manufacturing capacity, but will also provide T.E.A.M. with a local facility to support an expanding west coast customer base.”

Plans are to immediately restart manufacturing operations as Textile Engineering and Manufacturing (T.E.A.M.) – West Coast Division. According to Jerry Moore, T.E.A.M.’s co-founder and vice president, “The West Coast operation will initially focus on high quality 2-D woven fabric roll goods and provide a distribution point for other T.E.A.M. products.”

T.E.A.M. is an ISO-9001 and AS9100C certified weaver of 2-D fabrics and tapes, 3-D woven fabrics and billets, and net shape engineered preforms for resin transfer molding (RTM), infusion and ceramic matrix composite (CMC) applications. “With the addition of Elite’s manufacturing capabilities, T.E.A.M. now has overall 2-D weaving capacity in excess of 800,000 yards annually and is better positioned to support the composites marketplace nationwide,” says Clarke.