Web Industries has more than 20 years of experience providing contract manufacturing services to the composites industry.

At the new composites automation centre, engineers will be able to work with Web Industries to complete performance, process-ability, durability, and fit-for-use assessments on carbon fibre prepreg tapes.

Web Industries is seeing an increasing acceptance and use of composite materials in aerospace, industrial, automotive, and wind energy applications and believes its new centre is the first testing and development facility fully dedicated to helping raw material suppliers, fabricators and prime aircraft manufacturers leverage composite materials in automated manufacturing.

The Composites Automation Development Center is located within Web Industries' Composites Manufacturing Center of Excellence. The new purpose-built environment is ISO 9001:2008, AS9100, and ISO 14001-certified. Services and capabilities in the new facility include: slitting and winding; slit-width verification testing; materials analysis; environmental testing; fit-for-use analysis; packaging optimisation; quality and inspection; and aerospace grade freezer storage and environmental controls.

The Composites Automation Development Center builds upon Web Industries' two decades of experience in producing precision composite slit tapes for the world's most stringent aerospace programmes.

"This centre represents years of innovation, knowledge, and investment in this market," says Donald Romine, President & CEO of Web Industries. "And, with the most advanced systems and technology in the world for processing and creating precision slit tape with composite materials, Web is uniquely positioned to help market leaders gather important information about next-generation composite materials being developed for future programmes."