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Shimtech further strengthens position in composites with US acquisition

Added 15/06/15

15 June 2015

News Release

Shimtech further strengthens position in composites with US


Paris-Le Bourget, France. Shimtech Industries (“Shimtech”), the fast-growing, international

aerospace components supplier, announces that it has acquired, US-based, Angeles Composites

Technologies, Inc. (“ACTI”).

Already the global market leader in the specialist field of aerospace Gap Management solutions,

this latest acquisition further cements Shimtech’s position as a world class composite structures

supplier. It follows the 2013 acquisition and subsequent, multi-million dollar expansion, of

Performance Plastics, Inc,. based in San Diego, California.

Operating from a purpose-designed campus in Port Angeles, close to the major aerospace

corridor of Seattle, Washington, US, ACTI is a world-class supplier of advanced structural

composite assemblies.

ACTI’s capabilities include the design and manufacture of autoclave and oven-cured composite

components and structures including high temperature materials, CNC machining, tooling and

final assembly of primary and secondary airframe substructures.

Key programmes supported by ACTI include the F-35, F-22, B737, B777, B787 together with

Bombardier’s Global Express and Q400.

Typical products manufactured by ACTI include aircraft flight control surfaces, nacelles, fairings,

cowls, panels, doors and brackets as well as a variety of other reinforced thermoset components

and structures.

Commenting on the acquisition, Shimtech CEO, Howard Kimberley said:

“ACTI has a very broad capability base and a reputation for providing high quality, cost-effective,

build-to-print solutions for composite parts as well as large, complex structural sub-assemblies.

“As well as more than doubling our current autoclave and lay-up capacity, the acquisition of ACTI

provides a significant up-shift in the size, scale and complexity of Shimtech’s capability.

“With the integration of ACTI, we can now fabricate much larger composite structures of up to 40ft

(12m) in length with a cross section of up to 10ft (3m). This now establishes Shimtech as a cost

effective source for larger fuselage, wing and empennage structures.

“We also now join a small group of specialist suppliers worldwide with the capability to cure at the

highest possible temperatures required by higher performance thermoset materials and resin


“With this latest move we are excited about the future. The acquisition of ACTI adds both scale

and strength to our Composite Engineered Structures division and will further enhance our ability

to deliver value to our global customers.”

Visit Shimtech at Stand D192 in Hall 4 at the International Paris Air Show 2015

To learn more, about ACTI, visit


For further information:

Howard Kimberley

Group Chief Executive



Notes to Editors

Shimtech is a specialist supplier of high performance composite structures, assemblies and shim

solutions to the global aerospace industry.

Shimtech components and assemblies support a broad range of programs in the commercial and

military aerospace markets, including advanced composite structures for UAVs and space


Shimtech operates from seven manufacturing and distribution facilities across North America, the

United Kingdom and the Czech Republic, supplemented by a network of worldwide agents

providing in-country customer service.

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