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Los Angeles/Wiesbaden, June 15, 2009. HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc., Gardena, California/USA, a subsidiary of SGL Group – The Carbon Company – announced today that it has received a 2008 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. HITCO maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008.
“HITCO has endeavored to become a world class Tier II supplier of composite components to the aerospace industry. We thank Boeing for this recognition that validates our ongoing efforts to provide the highest quality components to our customers by utilizing state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and equipment. HITCO, along with support from our parent company – SGL Group ─ has made major capital investments in equipment, plant upgrades and capacity expansion enabling us to manufacture complex composite aircraft structures more efficiently and reliably,” said Peter Hoffman, HITCO President.
This year, Boeing recognized 411 suppliers who achieved either a Gold or Silver level Boeing Performance Excellence Award. HITCO is among 325 suppliers to receive the Silver level award. During recent years, HITCO has received recognition from Boeing that includes both Silver and Gold level Performance Excellence Awards. In 2007, HITCO was recognized as one of only 11 firms designated by Boeing as Supplier of the Year in the category of Major Structures.
Currently, HITCO supplies complex composite aerostructure components to Boeing for the 767 and 787 commercial airplanes and C-17 Transport Aircraft programs. HITCO has been a supplier to The Boeing Company for various programs for over a half-century.