PRZOOM - /newswire/ -
Hayes, Middlesex, United Kingdom, 2015/06/17 - Shimtech Industries (“Shimtech”), the fast-growing, international aerospace components supplier, is once again exhibiting the full range of its specialist Gap Management components at the 2015 International Paris Air Show.
With its businesses Lamsco, Attewell and Bolsan, Shimtech has a legacy of manufacturing aerospace shims going back almost seventy years.
Already the largest manufacturer of aerospace shims, fillers and specialist laminated materials in the World, Shimtech has recently extended its global lead, opening up a further “gap” relative to other much smaller suppliers.
Shimtech CEO, Howard Kimberley, explains:
“With our recent investment in composite fabrication and our on-going R&D programme, we believe Shimtech is now the only specialist Gap Management business in the world that can manufacture lightweight glass and carbon fibre shimstock material entirely in house.
“This means that as well as more competitive pricing, we can now shorten the supply chain quite considerably for shims and fillers manufactured from thermosetting composite materials to customers’ fabrication specifications that are frequently lead-time infringed.”
With the latest generation of new “carbon-rich” aircraft from Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier continuing to take centre stage at Le Bourget, CEO Kimberley explains the significance of Shimtech’s recent product development further:
“When assembling large composite structures such as wing covers or flight control surfaces, effective gap management solutions can have a major bearing on reducing ultimate manufacturing flow days.
“As well, of course, as competitiveness, key, is to offer a combined technical and logistics solution that at the same time contributes to reductions in airframe cost, weight, and assembly cycle time.
“Shimtech has years of experience working with the latest generation of composite airframes. Through close collaboration with our customers’ engineering and logistics teams, we have been able to tailor product and service solutions to their particular Gap Management requirements that help them achieve these challenging objectives.”
At a time when affordability challenges continue to ripple through the aerospace supply chain, the benefits from working with fewer, larger, financially healthy suppliers with strong balance sheets and technical strength-in-depth have never been greater.
With its international footprint, its clear market leadership position in Gap Management and its integrated capabilities in composite fabrication, Shimtech looks forward to continuing to help play a role in unlocking those benefits for its customer base and helping them to achieve further advantage in an ever more competitive global market place.
Visit Shimtech (shimtechgroup.com) at Stand D192 in Hall 4 at the International Paris Air Show 2015 to learn more, and for further discussion on world-class products and solutions with Shimtech’s Gap Management specialists.