Kaman Expands Parts and Tooling Capacity in Europe
Kaman (Hall 3 D118) is expanding its European manufacturing capability with two new facilities in Germany and the UK. A new factory in Höchstadt, Germany will replace the existing site at Dachsbach and Kaman UK is relocating its tooling division to a purpose-built facility at Burnley.
The new Höchstadt site will double the capacity of the Kaman Specialty Bearings & Engineered Products division when it opens in 2014. This expansion will accommodate the U.S.-based group’s RWG business, which designs and manufactures flight-critical parts for aircraft, including bushings, metal-to-metal sphericals, self-lubricating bearings and rolling element bearings.
The new Burnley factory will feature advanced equipment and has been designated as one of Kaman’s centers of excellence for tooling. The enlarged site is due to open this fall and has been designed to meet the size and technology tooling requirements of for new aircraft. The company’s investment in the UK has created 100 jobs over the last two years.