Dr. Leslie Cohen
HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc.
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Lockheed Martin Selects HITCO to Produce Components for F-35 Lightning II Program
Los Angeles, February 17, 2009 -
HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc., Gardena, California,
U.S.A., a subsidiary of SGL Group – The Carbon Company – announced today
that Lockheed Martin has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) selecting HITCO to manufacture wing skins and other components for the F-35 Lightning II program.
HITCO will serve as a Strategic Competitive Supplier to Lockheed Martin and will support F-35 program requirements that designate the use of Bismaleimide (BMI) composite materials for upper and lower wing skins and nacelle skins using its Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) capabilities. This opportunity extends from Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) through Full Rate Production (FRP). HITCO may also build the BMI aft and forward covers and upper wing skin covers.
“HITCO intends to utilize its Viper® 6000 Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) machine to manufacture the majority of these components. We can achieve more efficient and reliable fabrication of complex composite aircraft structures utilizing this state-of-the-art, equipment. We will also build on the expertise HITCO has developed with BMI composite materials in our current work with Lockheed Martin.” said Edward G. Carson, Executive Vice President. “HITCO and its parent, SGL Group, have made significant investments in automated manufacturing capacity within the last two years enabling HITCO to fulfill its mission of becoming a world-class, Tier II supplier to the aerospace industry,” Carson concluded.
The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, is a new single-seat, single-engine, supersonic stealth strike fighter capable of performing close air support, tactical bombing and air superiority missions. The aircraft is built in three different versions: a conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) aircraft, a short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant and an aircraft carrier-based (CV) Model. The F-35 Lightning aircraft is designed and built by an industry team led by Lockheed Martin. Nine major partner nations including the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Turkey, Australia, Norway and Denmark plan to acquire over 3100 F-35 Lightning aircraft through 2035, making the F-35 one of the largest jet fighter programs in history.
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 146,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.
About HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc.
HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc. was founded in 1922 and manufactures advanced
composite materials primarily for aerospace and defense applications. HITCO
continues to be an innovative leader in the advancement of carbon composite
technologies and continues to strategically focus within the SGL Group on
new projects for aerospace/aircraft and defense applications.
About SGL Group – The Carbon Company
The SGL Group is one of the
world’s leading manufacturers of carbon-based products. It has a
comprehensive portfolio ranging from carbon and graphite products to
carbon fibers and composites.
SGL Group’s core competencies are its
expertise in high-temperature technology as well as its applications and
engineering know-how gained over many years.
These competencies enable
the Company to make full use of its broad material base.
SGL Group’s carbon-based materials combine
several unique properties such as electrical and thermal conductivity, heat
and corrosion resistance as well as high mechanical strength combined with
low weight. Due to the paradigm shift
in the use of materials as a result of the worldwide shortage of energy and
raw materials, there is a growing demand for SGL Group’s high-performance
materials and products from an increasing number of industries.
Carbon and graphite products are
used whenever other materials such as steel, aluminum, copper,
plastics, wood etc. fail due to their limited properties.
Products from the SGL Group are used
predominantly in the steel, aluminum, automotive, chemical and
However, manufacturers in the semiconductor, battery,
solar/wind energy, environmental protection, aerospace and defense
industries as well as in the nuclear energy industry also figure among the
With 40 production sites in Europe, North America and
Asia as well as a service network covering more than 100 countries, the SGL
Group is a company with a global presence.
the Company’s workforce of around 5,900 generated sales of € 1.4 billion.
The Company’s head office is located in Wiesbaden/Germany.
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