Director Frieder Gaenzle cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of Zimmermann Inc.’s newly constructed 13,200ft2 showroom, warehouse, and office building at 30587 Century Dr., Wixom, Michigan, as President Matthias Tockook watches. The facility will allow the Stuttgart, Germany-based milling solutions provider to support U.S. aerospace and automotive customers, says Cornelius Kiesel, vice president of sales and administration. Plans are for two of the company’s large vertical machining centers and one horizontal center to be installed in the showroom by year-end.

Painting, coating robot

Rochester Hills, Michigan-located Fanuc America Corp. recently demonstrated sanding, washing, and drying an aircraft fuselage with its P-350iA/45 painting and coating robot. The 6-axis, 45kg payload robot is Class 1, Division 1-approved for operation in hazardous environments. Its 2,606mm reach allows operation in tight work spaces.

Aero composites market to $32B by 2021

Research firm MarketsandMarkets forecasts the aerospace composites market will reach $32.35 billion by 2021, up from $19.38 billion in 2015 at a compound annual growth rate of 8.95%.

Production of wide-body commercial aircraft made with significant carbon fiber composite content is driving demand, as are cost reductions in precursor raw materials in carbon fiber manufacturing. Composites manufacturers’ capacity expansions during the past five years are expected to continue.

North America accounts for the largest market share in aerospace composites globally. Its market dominance is expected to continue due to the rise in aircraft deliveries and increases in the U.S. defense budget. Composites’ light weight and contribution to fuel efficiency are boosting demand as airlines replace old aircraft with new commercial aircraft and engines.

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Largest TUR-MN/CNC lathe is operating in the US

The largest TUR lathe recently installed in the U.S. is a TUR3000, built for Ellwood City Forge in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. The TUR3000x22M lathe processes massive forgings requiring large turning torque. Part of the FAT-Haco Group, TUR first assembled the horizontal turning center in Poland.

Toolmex Lathe Group in Schaumburg, Illinois, is the exclusive U.S. importer for standard TUR-MN/CNC lathes.;;