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Cytec opens new kitting facility for vacuum bagging consumables kits in France

This opening is part of the company’s strategy to bring manufacturing capabilities for value added products closer to its European customers.

20th April 2015

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Woodland Park, NJ

Industrial, Transport/​Aerospace, Packaging, Civil Engineering

Cytec Industries, a leading manufacturer of specialty material and chemical technologies, has announced the opening of a new kitting facility based in Toulouse, France, adjacent to its existing Process Materials site.

This opening is a key milestone for the company in its strategy to bring manufacturing capabilities for value added products and services closer to its Europe based customers.

This facility has the capacity needed for the manufacture of large vacuum bagging consumable kits for applications, such as aircraft wings or wind turbine blades. The company believes that local manufacturing capabilities added to its expertise in consultancy and design of complex kits and shaped bags will enable Cytec to meet growing customer requirements in Europe.

Kitting service

According to the company, kitting enables manufacturers to reduce labour cost, total production time and waste, and improve process control and therefore part quality and repeatability, ensuring that customers can focus on their core task and competencies.

Cytec Process Materials already offers its kitting service out of its sites in Keighley, UK, Santa Fe Springs and Sumner, USA, and Mondovi, Italy. “This is an exciting time for Cytec. Over the past few years, we have been re-shaping our portfolio of businesses and focusing on growing the materials segments, which comprise two-thirds of Cytec’s global revenues,” said Shane Fleming, Cytec’s President, Chairman and CEO.

“The investment in this facility is a perfect complement to our legacy business where we have supplied structural materials to the aerospace market for almost 50 years.”

Process materials

“This opening marks a fundamental part of our strategy in Process Materials – to understand where we can add value to the aerospace market,” explained William Avrin, Cytec’s Vice-President for Business development. “And this facility does just that: we have developed tailor-made process material consumable kit sets that dramatically reduce the total cost of manufacture for our customers.”

Cytec provides advanced composite and process materials for aerospace, automotive, wind energy, motorsport, marine, mass transportation and other demanding applications.

The company’s focus on technology and application expertise allows customers to adopt more efficient manufacturing approaches. Its product portfolio supports the end-to-end manufacturing of composite parts and includes tooling, fibre, prepregs, resin systems, vacuum bagging, adhesives, and surfacing films.

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