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Matrix Among Second-Stage Businesses Competing to Earn Prestigious Honor

June 5, 2019 – (Rockledge, FL) Matrix Composites, Inc. was among the first round of the 2019 Florida Companies to Watch finalists recently announced by GrowFL.  The awards event – now in its ninth year – honors 50 select second-stage companies from throughout the state for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new industries throughout Florida. Chosen from 224 growing second-stage participants from throughout, Florida, this year’s applicants had a total revenue of $596 million and over 3,000 employees.

“Since our inception in the early nineties, we have watched the Space Coast really develop as a premiere aerospace manufacturing and development hub, says David Nesbitt, President and CEO of Matrix Composites. “We are very proud to be a part of this growth and appreciate all that this community has to offer.”

The Florida Companies To Watch program consists of two rounds of selections.  Finalists now advance to the second round, where they will be further evaluated based on their performance in the marketplace, innovative products, services or processes, philanthropy and empowered employees. 

“We applaud these first round finalists who have shown how they stand out in their regions as innovative business leaders, going to the next level to grow their companies.   They are true rock stars,” says Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL Executive Director.

The Finalists represent a unique group of scalable, high-growth enterprises that are already located within Florida. These high growth enterprises are an important segment of our economy and their numbers have been steadily increasing. According to the Kauffman Foundation, “entrepreneurship is not a monolithic phenomenon, and it includes many moving parts. Creating new businesses is a different economic activity from running small businesses, which in turn is different from growing businesses.”  Florida Companies to Watch recognizes the different approach needed to successfully grow and scale a business and celebrates those that are working to achieve this goal.

Developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, GrowFL’s Florida Companies to Watch is a distinguished awards program specifically designed to seek out second-stage businesses from a wide range of industries representing all areas of the state, not just those in major metropolitan areas. In addition to evaluating past growth and projected success, applicant companies are judged according to their special strengths and impact in their markets, communities and within the state – thus deeming them “worth watching.”

The Honorees for this year’s award will be announced in July. The 9th Annual Florida Companies to Watch awards celebration will take place on November 14, 2019 at Hard Rock Live, Universal City Walk, Orlando, FL. Tickets go on sale June 19, 2019.

For more information visit https://www.growfl.com/flctw19/about-flctw.

About Matrix Composites, Inc.

Matrix Composites offers a variety of manufacturing processes including close tolerance and high-production volume resin transfer molding (RTM), Hot Isostatic Resin Pressure Molding (HiRPM®), Vacuum Assisted RTM (VARTM), autoclave cure and compression molding capabilities. Matrix has been military and aerospace trusted since 1993 for their full service capabilities which include: design, development, tooling, fabrication, testing and integration.  Learn more at www.matrixcomp.com.

About GrowFL

GrowFL was created in 2009 as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research, Peer Learning and Leadership Development, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. GrowFL is an official partner of the Edward Lowe Foundation.  Learn more at www.GrowFL.com.

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Join us at SAMPE 2019 and Learn how Composites are Saving the Day in Aerospace!

April 25, 2019

SAMPE brings together the best thinkers, doers and makers for the largest conference and exhibition exclusively dedicated to advanced materials and processes. Professionals from throughout the advanced materials and processes industry attend SAMPE to find new solutions, learn about the technology that will shape future projects, and engage in meaningful face-to-face networking opportunities.

SAMPE will take place this year at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina and the exhibit hall will be open to visitors May 21st (9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and May 22nd (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Attendees are invited totalk with our composite experts in Booth T11 aboutour latest advancements with resin transfer molding (RTM) and its ever-increasing use in aerostructures.

Matrix Composites offers a variety of manufacturing processes including close tolerance and high-production volume resin transfer molding (RTM), hot isostatic resin pressure molding (HiRPM®), vacuum assisted RTM (VARTM), autoclave cure and compression molding capabilities. Matrix has been military and aerospace trusted since 1993 for our full service capabilities which include: design, development, tooling, fabrication, testing and integration. 

Contact us today for build-to-print manufacturing or expert assistance with prototype design, suggested fabrication methods and tooling guidance. Telephone: 321-633-4480. Email: sales@matrixcomp.com

Check out our “enginuity” at the 2018 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX)

October 3, 2018

 CAMX has established itself as North America’s event that connects and advances the world’s composites and advanced materials communities…the go-to marketplace for products, solutions, networking and advanced industry thinking.

CAMX will take place this year at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas and the exhibit hall will be open to visitors October 16th through 1:00 p.m. on October 18th. Attendees are invited to talk with our composite experts in Booth J101 about our latest advancements with resin transfer molding (RTM) and its ever-increasing use in aerostructures.

Matrix Composites offers a variety of manufacturing processes including close tolerance and high-production volume resin transfer molding (RTM), Hot Isostatic Resin Pressure Molding (HiRPM®), Vacuum Assisted RTM (VARTM), autoclave cure and compression molding capabilities. Matrix has been military and aerospace trusted since 1993 for their full service capabilities which include: design, development, tooling, fabrication, testing and integration.

Contact us today for your free expo pass! Call sales at 321-633-4480 or email: sales@matrixcomp.com

Matrix Expands Autoclave Manufacturing Capacity

August 23, 2018 – Rockledge, FL

This week, Matrix Composites received its new ASC autoclave bolstering its existing autoclave manufacturing services. The new autoclave was fabricated in Valencia, California and traveled over the highways to its new home in Rockledge, Florida.

The new 6’ x 12’ machine was brought in to support the Company’s current and anticipated programs and to add redundancy to its critical manufacturing processes. With this new addition, customers will benefit from increased capacity, larger part processing capability and reduced risk. Management expects to have the new autoclave operational in one to two weeks.

Contact Matrix today for build-to-print composite manufacturing or expert assistance with your new composite applications.  Matrix Composites is AS9100 and NADCAP certified and offers comprehensive composite services for aerospace and defense.

Call (321) 633-4480 or email sales@matrixcomp.com.

Matrix Receives Small Manufacturer of the Year Award

May 10, 2018 – At the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast’s (EDC) 5th Annual Made In Brevard Expo, Matrix Composites, Inc. was awarded with the 2018 Small Manufacturer of the Year Award.

The Manufacturer of the Year award recognizes a Brevard County manufacturer that in the past 24 months has made or announced a significant investment in Brevard County through job creation and/or retention, new capital investment, and new construction. The company also demonstrates leadership in corporate citizenship, making key contributions to the region’s quality of life, demonstrating long-term commitment to the Space Coast.

Headquartered in Rockledge Florida, Matrix Composites has been working over the past several years to diversify their customer base, and recently increased its operations from 29,000 to 42,000 square feet. This expansion includes facilities and machinery required to manufacture high volume composite structures for multiple aerospace customers.

Capitalizing on the Company’s unique manufacturing capabilities and extensive past experience developing affordable, high technology composite products, Matrix has secured significant business in support of GE’s LEAP and GEnX engines used on Boeing 737, 747, and 787 aircraft, as well as with Pratt & Whitney on all of their commercial NGPF engines. The Company expects to see its sales double over the next two years.

“Since our inception in the early nineties, we have watched the Space Coast really develop as a premiere aerospace manufacturing and development hub, says David Nesbitt, President and CEO of Matrix Composites. “We are very proud to be a part of this growth and appreciate all that this community has to offer.”

“Matrix Composites is uniquely positioned to provide composites manufacturing services to notable commercial space launch providers,” said Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the EDC. “We’re excited to see what they have in store as they continue to grow and create opportunities that strengthen our community.”

Matrix Composites offers a variety of manufacturing processes including close tolerance and high-production volume resin transfer molding (RTM), Hot Isostatic Resin Pressure Molding (HiRPM®), Vacuum Assisted RTM (VARTM), autoclave cure and compression molding capabilities. Matrix has been military and aerospace trusted since 1993 for their full service capabilities which include: design, development, tooling, fabrication, testing and integration.

For additional information call (321) 633-4480 or email sales@matrixcomp.com.

Nadcap Accreditation puts Matrix in an Elite Class of Composite Manufacturers!

March 29, 2018 – Matrix Composites, Inc. reported that it has been approved for the esteemed Nadcap accreditation and will appear on the Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) for Composites as a Nadcap accredited company.

Nadcap is a global cooperative accreditation program for aerospace engineering, defense, and related industries. It is an industry-managed approach to conformity assessment that brings together technical experts from both industry and government to establish requirements for accreditation, accredit suppliers and define operational program requirements.

To achieve this accreditation, Matrix undertook an intensive on-site inspection and investigation by the Performance Review Institute (PRI). The audit covered all aspects of the process – the machinery, consumables and methods employed, as well as the qualifications and experience of the staff involved in the process.

“This stringent accreditation enables us to further establish Matrix as a prominent aerostructures supplier that delivers quality composite products,” says Ryan Wood, Engineering Manager. “The tighter controls that Nadcap requires also has the potential to open up many new opportunities for us throughout the industry.”

In addition to the investment to become Nadcap accredited, Matrix Composites says it has made several recent capital investments to further enhance its capabilities and facility capacity. These investments include an additional 12,000 square feet of manufacturing space, level II non-destructive inspection (NDI), five new platen presses, two new coordinate measuring machines (CMM), a high-speed 5-axis horizontal mill for machining composite components and addition of a 6’ x 12’ autoclave; all of which will accommodate current and future production growth.

Matrix Composites offers a variety of manufacturing processes including close tolerance and high-production volume resin transfer molding (RTM), Hot Isostatic Resin Pressure Molding (HiRPM®), Vacuum Assisted RTM (VARTM), autoclave cure and compression molding capabilities. Matrix has been military and aerospace trusted since 1993 for their full service capabilities which include: design, development, tooling, fabrication, testing and integration.

For additional information call (321) 633-4480 or email sales@spa.675.myftpupload.com

 

“Off the Charts Successful”!

On February 7th, 2018 Matrix hosted a visit from Brevard County Commissioner Curt Smith, members of the EDC of Florida’s Space Coast and their Government Relations Council.

The visit and plant tour was held in effort to raise awareness and improve the image of manufacturing companies located in Commissioner Smith’s district.

“I was quite honored to receive an invite to tour another small business success story in Brevard County”, said Commissioner Smith.  The Commissioner was particularly impressed with the flawless surfaces using our proprietary resin transfer molding process called HiRPM®.

Commissioner Smith continued, “I physically saw and held parts built for companies in Commercial Space and the US Government and they were lighter and stronger than materials like aluminum and stainless steel. But flawless is the key word!  And the complexity of some of the designs was beyond description. Founded in the early 90’s by FIT grad David Nesbitt, Matrix is off the charts successful.  I am proud to point to them as a real local success story, and they continue to grow with plans already in place for expansion right here in Brevard!”

Matrix Composites offers 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 since 1993 for their full service capabilities which include: design, development, tooling, fabrication, testing and integration.

For additional information call (321) 633-4480 or email sales@matrixcomp.com

Matrix Expands Plant to Support Increasing Demand

 

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.

Matrix Composites to Emphasize their Resin Transfer Molding Capabilities at the CAMX 2017 Expo

September 20, 2017 – Matrix Composites, a designer and manufacturer of high-performance composite components and assemblies, is showcasing their molding proficiency at the 2017 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) in Orlando, Florida.

Produced by industry leaders (ACMA and SAMPE), CAMX has established itself as North America’s event that connects and advances the world’s composites and advanced materials communities, the go-to marketplace for products, solutions, networking and advanced industry thinking.

The Orange County Convention Center will host the event December 12th – 14th (rescheduled from September.) Visit Matrix Composites in Booth C35 where there will be part samples, experts and top executives on hand to answer your questions. Free exhibit hall passes are available at www.thecamx.org.

“Thousands of engineers and decision makers attend SAMPE every year to find innovative solutions to their composite challenges,” said Stacy Steele, Matrix Composites’ Sales & Marketing Coordinator. “This is an excellent venue for attendees to learn how their organization can benefit by partnering with the specialists at Matrix.”

Matrix Composites offers 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 since 1993 for their full service capabilities which include: design, development, tooling, fabrication, testing and integration.

For additional information contact:
Matrix Composites, Inc.
275 Barnes Boulevard
Rockledge, Florida 32955
Tel: 321-633-4480
sales@spa.675.myftpupload.com

RTM-based redesign advances safety for one-of-a-kind wind tunnel

August 15, 2017 – Glass fiber and honeycomb spacers between compressor blades get upgraded to a higher factor of safety with less weight using solid carbon fiber and RTM at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC, Arnold Air Force Base, TN)

Developing a Bid-Winning Design

When the project was offered worldwide, Matrix Composites (Rockledge, FL) turned in the winning bid. “I can’t say it was any one thing that won the contract for us, beyond meeting the technical objectives at an attractive cost,” says Matrix president Dave Nesbitt, whose background includes parts production for NASA’s Space Shuttle and US military and commercial aerospace companies. “But a lot of it had to do with our RTM experience.” He notes the company uses a range of processes, “but our closed molding capability is what sets us apart.”

Read more of the Composites World article here.