Shimtech Opens up a Bigger Gap
15 June 2015
Shimtech Opens up a Bigger Gap
Paris-Le Bourget, France. Shimtech Industries (“Shimtech”), the fast-growing, international
aerospace components supplier, will once again be 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 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
For further information:
Group Chief Executive
Shimtech Industries Limited
Tel: +44 7713 625461
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
With 500 employees, 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.
Shimtech’s Gap Management products can be supplied with peelable foil thicknesses down to
0.001” (0.025mm) in a variety of materials. From traditional metallics, to lightweight engineered
plastics, to advanced thermoset composites; as well as hybrid shims in different materials and in
solid, semi or fully peelable form. Shims and fillers can be flat, tapered or radiused to meet any
requirement, from standard specifications to custom requirements. When it comes to shimming,
there is no challenge that Shimtech cannot take on. Even peel strengths can be adjusted to suit
customers’ particular requirements.
For more information: www.shimtechgroup.com