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UTC Aerospace Systems opens state-of-the-art composite centre of excellence

News International-French

1 Mar 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems’ advanced composites manufacturer, CTG has completed the construction and fit out of a state-of-the-art Composite Centre of Excellence facility in Banbury (Oxfordshire, UK).

The impressive 137,000 sq. ft. facility was approached with an environmental and sustainable focus and will unite CTG’s six current sites into one location and gives CTG an overall footprint increase of more than 90 percent. The move enables CTG to manufacture volume quantities more effectively of advanced composite products and systems used across a range of high technology industries. Employees have already started moving in, and the facility will be fully operational by June 2013.

Amenities include dedicated production lines, a technical library, high-tech smart boards, a gymnasium and flexible meeting spaces. 

The facility has been designed using UTC’s Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) lean principles which focus on material flow and flexibility. Layout of the production area has been planned using value stream envelopes; enabling wasted space to be lowered by more than 30 percent and linkage and flow improvement to increase by 50 percent in comparison to the old sites.

Dominic Cartwright, general manager said, “CTG’s Composite Centre of Excellence is a truly incredible facility and we are delighted with the outcome which will benefit our customers, employees, and the wider UTC organization. It will ensure our operations are more streamlined and efficient, while sustaining the current innovative and agile environment. The facility ensures we stand out from our competitors as a leader in composite product technology now and in the future.”

CTG, based in Oxfordshire, UK, innovates in the design, validation and manufacture of advanced composite products for high technology industries. CTG is at the forefront of filament winding technology, specializing in precise fiber placement techniques, and innovating new technology in joining metals to composites.

UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.

United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries.

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