SOURCE: Hampson Industries PLC

Hampson Industries PLC

May 23, 2011 17:05 ET

Hampson Aerospace Tooling Solutions Unveils Its New Composite Fabrication Facility in California at SAMPE 2011

Large Structure Composite Tooling Capabilities to Be Highlighted

LONG BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - May 23, 2011) - Hampson Aerospace Tooling Solutions (Hampson), part of Hampson Industries PLC (LSE: HAMP), will be highlighting its new capability for producing large structure mandrels and molds from composite materials at booth 361 of the SAMPE Conference in Long Beach, California on May 23-26, 2011.

"Hampson is the world's largest independent aerospace tooling manufacturer, with a proven track record as a reliable design, development and build partner for some of the world's most challenging tooling applications," commented Paul Walsh, Hampson Aerospace Tooling Solutions Chief Executive Officer. "We have recently enhanced our capability to make tools using carbon fiber / BMI resin materials, including a proprietary backup structure to face sheet tie-in system for large tools. We are currently manufacturing some 30-ft long autoclave cured tools for a proprietary customer. For prototype tools, we have invested in capability to produce out-of-autoclave resin infused tools for prototype applications."

Hampson Aerospace Tooling Solutions -- through its American subsidiaries Coast Composites, Odyssey and Global Tooling Systems -- has the largest, most versatile, and fastest turn-key tooling manufacturing capabilities in the world.

The company's core capability is in the manufacture of tooling systems used to fabricate the flight-critical composite and metal structures used in the latest generation of aircraft. These systems include large fiber-placement moulds, lay-up moulds, resin transfer moulds and all types of assembly jigs and fixtures. Hampson Aerospace Tooling Solutions is uniquely qualified to meet the demands of today's airframers that require the use of both Invar and Composite tools.

Tools designed and manufactured by Hampson have, and continue to play, a critical role in the design, pre-production, and production phases of many of the most important programs in aerospace including the A350, A380, A400M, B787, B777, CH53, F-35, HondaJet, V-22, PiperJet and many more. Hampson now works with virtually every major airframe manufacturer in the world.

Hampson Industries PLC - is the world leader in the design and manufacture of close-tolerance tooling and assembly systems, as well as holding leading positions for composite and metallic components and aero structures. The Group's end-to-end solution for its customers from engineering and project management through manufacturing and logistics has lead to numerous customer awards. With global operations, it serves the commercial and military aerospace markets from 12 facilities in the UK, North America and India.

Hampson Industries PLC is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (Symbol: HAMP). For more information, visit: www.hampsongroup.com.

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