Rockledge Composites Manufacturer Expands Plant to Support Increasing Demand in the Aerospace Industry

 

October 26, 2017 – Matrix Composites, a designer and manufacturer of high-performance composite components and assemblies, announced the expansion, which will serve the growing need in the aerospace industry.

Work began this year on expansion to the Rockledge, Florida facility which will significantly alter production capabilities for the company. The capacity expansion is as a result of the recent award of several long term, aero-engine composite fabrication programs.

Specifically, Matrix Composites acquired an additional 12,000 square feet of manufacturing space, added level II non-destructive inspection (NDI), procured five new platen presses and upgraded all of their data acquisition and processing control systems.

In addition, Matrix increased their clean room footprint to support three shifts per day of production. Other improvements include laser projection capability, a new coordinate measuring machine (CMM), addition of a 6’ x 12’ autoclave and planned addition of two 5-axis machining centers.

According to Lucintel’s market research analysts, the composites market in the global aerospace industry is expected to reach an estimated value of $5.9 billion by 2033 with total consumption of composite materials anticipated to grow to 133.8 million pounds. The major drivers are increasing demand for lightweight materials, high order backlog of aircraft deliveries, high penetration of composite materials in aircraft structures and increasing production of various aircrafts.

Matrix Composites offers expert close tolerance resin transfer molding (RTM), Hot Isostatic Resin Pressure Molding (HiRPM) autoclave cure and compression molding capabilities. The Company has been military and aerospace trusted for 24 years for their full service capabilities which include: design, development, tooling, fabrication, testing and integration.