PPG has accomplished a $15 million funding at its Sylmar, California manufacturing facility to broaden the event and manufacturing of plane transparency applied sciences for army aviation applications, together with cover transparencies for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets.
As a part of the power’s 30,000ft2 (2,787m2) growth, PPG will deploy state-of-the-art processing tools and new data expertise infrastructure to allow enhanced digital manufacturing capabilities. The growth additionally will allow PPG so as to add greater than 70 engineering, manufacturing, and upkeep jobs, with some stuffed by the corporate’s partnership with native charitable organizations such because the Hope Gardens Household Heart by Union Rescue Mission.
The power’s growth is the most recent milestone in PPG’s lengthy partnership with Lockheed Martin, which dates to the Fifties. In assist of the growth, PPG has accomplished the qualification and manufacturing course of approvals essential to start manufacturing of cover transparencies for the traditional take-off and touchdown (CTOL) F-35A and provider variance (CV) F-35C. Qualification work in assist of the Quick Take-Off and Vertical Touchdown (STOVL) F-35B is underway.
“The growth of this facility marks an unimaginable milestone for PPG,” stated Brent Wright, PPG international director, aerospace transparencies. “Because the worldwide F-35 fleet grows, logistical and industrial assist has turn out to be more and more essential. Due to the F-35 fighter jet’s very stringent efficiency necessities and excessive manufacturing complexity, PPG acknowledged a chance to deploy its experience in plane transparency expertise, improvement and manufacturing in a approach that can meet this system’s formidable targets for a few years to come back.”
Along with army plane transparency merchandise, PPG gives plane windshields and home windows with advanced-technology coatings and liners for particular efficiency traits to the business, regional, and basic aviation segments. The corporate additionally produces windshields for the brand new NTT INDYCAR® SERIES’ Aeroscreen cockpit safety system.
The Sylmar facility at present has greater than 500 staff in numerous manufacturing, technical, analysis, buyer assist, and associated service and administrative positions.
PPG’s international aerospace enterprise provides coatings, sealants, transparencies, packaging and utility techniques, and clear armor, in addition to chemical administration and different companies.