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HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc., Gardena, California, U.S.A, a subsidiary of SGL Group − The Carbon Company − announced today that it has signed a Long Term Agreement (LTA) with Spirit AeroSystems, Wichita, Kansas, to supply carbon fiber reinforced composite beam components for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Spirit has contracted with The Boeing Company to manufacture the forward fuselage section of the Dreamliner. HITCO has been selected by Spirit to supply the Section 41 Passenger Floor Beams and Cargo Header Beams.
“HITCO’s selection as Boeing 2007 Supplier of the Year in the Major Structures Category as well as our established reputation as a long-term supplier to Boeing programs were major factors in Spirit’s decision,” said Peter M. Hoffman, HITCO President. “We have also performed as a Risk Mitigation Supplier for similar components to other Tier I firms on the Dreamliner Program. We are certain that our investments in automated manufacturing equipment, which support the projected increased build rate of the 787 Program, continue to be instrumental in fulfilling our goal of becoming a world class Tier II Supplier to the aerospace industry,” Hoffman concluded. HITCO is approved to Boeing Process Specification BAC 5578.