As the aerospace industry ramps up production, its suppliers must, too. This is creating challenges for Zodiac Aerospace’s advanced composites and engineered materials division that the company is meeting with aggressive expansion. The advanced composites and engineered materials division produces honeycomb core, engineered plastics, primary and secondary composite details and assemblies, as well as metal fabrication and formulations, including structural adhesives for the aerospace industry.
The division also manufactures prepregs, which are a preimpregnated fiber woven with adhesive in it. “As you form it under heat and pressure, you can shape it into various parts,” explains Cynthia Raynor, president of the advanced composites and engineered materials division. The heat causes the resin to flow, and when it is cooled in the preshape, it makes a hard plastic part.