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Diab Americas starts in-house kitting to meet increasing demand

News International-French

27 Sep 2016

Shorter lead times, a more efficient supply chain and reduced carbon footprint will be the result when Diab Americas starts kitting and reprocessing in-house.


To meet the increasing demand for kitted parts in Diab’s structural foam cores Divinycell, especially from the Aerospace industry, Subsea and other advanced applications, Diab Americas is investing in new 5-axis CNC equipment. For many years Diab has been making kits in-house in different locations worldwide, which in the past also included the Americas. “It is time to start up this business again. The investment is the first in a series”, says Per-Erik Velin, Executive Vice President Diab Americas.

Aiming to significantly reduce the impact on the environment, Diab Americas is further investing in technology for reprocessing material from Divinycell F production. Since it is possible to recycle Divinycell F, it is beneficial to manufacture kits close to the production of the core.

The new CNC machining, complements our existing thermoforming of small and larger foam core panels. This can make the kitting even more cost efficient”, says Lennart Thalin, Executive Vice President Sales & Segments. “Diab Americas will continue our good collaboration with 3rd part kitters in the future, since the need for kitting is huge”, Lennart Thalin adds.

Kits eliminate the on-site shaping and cutting of flat sheets, allowing for reduced build times and decreased costs for both labor and material. In addition, with the easy assembly and exact fit, it is possible to achieve consistently high quality in less time. Minimized waste and reduced material stocks decrease the impact on the environment.

Today, Divinycell kits are used in many different composite applications where high strength and low weight are needed, such as Marine, Wind, Transportation, Industry, Subsea and Aerospace.

The new kitting department will open in October 2016.