In addition to existing products such as helicopter cyclic sticks, the new plant can produce new parts.
In addition to existing products such as helicopter cyclic sticks, the new plant can produce new parts.

Vision Systems, a system supplier for the aeronautics, automotive and marine markets, is setting up a new production unit that will specifically produce composite parts.

The new 1000 m2 composite plant is intended to back up the company’s existing industrial facilities from drape forming to machining, improving product development from beginning to end. The plant, at the company’s main site in Brignais, France, will be fully operational by the end of the year, while during the summer, the machining center will be installed, and the resin transfer molding (RTM), thermocompression, machining and bonding activities of the current site will be transferred to the new area. A draping room, a cutting room and a clean room will be set up by the end of the year. Finally, the fourth part of the year will see the construction of new thermocompression equipment. In 2016 the company expects to invest in an autoclave.

 In addition to existing products such as cyclic sticks, windows stiffeners, tubes and shells for shades, sun visor casings and door handles for helicopters, the new plant can produce new parts, such as jettisonable helicopter windows or bay windows and frames for the marine and rail markets.

‘Several projects involving composites are under development for the aeronautics, automotive and marine industries,’ said Carl Putman, CEO of Vision Systems.

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