Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corporation says that it is taking steps to meet increasing demand in the aerospace sector.

According to the company, demand for new aircraft is expected to support annual industry-wide growth of approximately 7%, an increase of more than 50% by 2021. 

The company has recently hired almost three dozen new employees, opened a new Advanced Composites Center, and is already planning to expand its onsite facilities in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA.

The Advanced Composites Center is suitable for processing thermoplastic composites (TPCs) that can offer customers in aerospace and other industries more lightweight and robust alternatives to heavier, more traditional materials.

According to the company, demand for new aircraft is expected to support annual industry-wide growth of approximately 7%.
According to the company, demand for new aircraft is expected to support annual industry-wide growth of approximately 7%.

Continuous investment

 TPCs are continuous fiber reinforced materials. Tri-Mack works with prepreg tape and fabric –unidirectional and woven carbon and glass fibers in a high temperature polymer matrix made of PEEK, PPS and PEI.

 TPCs offer 10x the mechanical properties of injection molded plastics and are up to 70% lighter than metals. 

 ‘A tremendous amount of development goes into every aerospace project,’ says Will Kain, Tri-Mack president. ‘Naturally, at times this strains capacity at the OEM level. [...] Going forward, Tri-Mack’s continuous investment in capital equipment, technology and people ensures that we will be able to further increase our capacity, as well as offer our customers the very latest manufacturing technologies.’

This story is reprinted from material from Tri-Mack, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.