Exelis has licensed patented manufacturing technology from Belgium-based Bodair S.A. to produce a new product line and expand upon the company’s aerostructures offerings in the aerospace industry, Exelis said Tuesday.
The new Exelis STaR product line is a selection of technologies that are intended to help with development and reconfigurations of product design that can achieve the same strength requirements compared to other composite production methods.
“The newly acquired technology provides Exelis with a competitive advantage as the aerospace industry continues to expand the use of composites looking for new opportunities to reduce the weight of aircraft,“ said Mike Blair, vice president and general manager of Exelis Aerostructures.
Blair adds that the combination of the manufacturing process and automation technology positions Exelis to meet the market demands.
With assistance from Bodair S.A., Exelis aims to produce up to 40,000 STaR parts per year from its design and manufacturing center in Salt Lake City.