Park intros interior composites

 - September 21, 2007, 6:27 AM

Park Electrochemical, a supplier of advanced composite materials for aerospace structures, is showcasing a newly introduced prepreg (pre-impregnated material) that the company said is tailor-made for aircraft interiors.

According to the company, the Nelcote F-529 prepreg provides good flame/smoke/toxicity resistance and contains no halogens, making it an environmentally friendly product. The material is compatible with press-cure and vacuum-bag/oven and autoclave processes and its white finish provides an ideal surface for interiors, according to the maker.

The company recently announced it has selected the Newton City-County Airport in Newton, Kan., as the site for its new advanced composite materials development and manufacturing facility for aircraft structures. Park Electrochemical is focused on the general aviation segment of the aerospace industry, and the development site, located about 20 miles north of Wichita, was chosen to enhance the company’s ability to serve this market.

“We are very much looking forward to working closely with and supporting the general aviation aircraft manufacturers located in the Wichita area, as well as those located elsewhere,” said Brian Shore, the company’s president and CEO.

The approximately 50,000-sq-ft facility will house manufacturing, laboratory and office space. Completion is expected by the end of the company’s next fiscal year and will cost about $15 million.

“Our new Newton facility, along with our new pioneer plant under construction in Singapore, forms part of our global strategy relating to developing and supplying advanced composite materials for aircraft structures,” said Shore.

In addition to the Nelcote line of advanced composite materials, Park also develops and manufactures electronic and RF/microwave printed circuit materials under the Nelco brand.

Based in Melville, N.Y., the company also operates manufacturing facilities in China, France, Connecticut, Arizona and California.