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AIM Aerospace

aim aerospace specializes
in manufactured composite
products for the commerical
aerospace industry.

Competitive Edge

quired Quatro Composites to further
expand the market share on the highest value platforms while adding new
customer relationships and gaining
access to the market leading composite structures and thermoplastic technologies. Quatro began as a partnership to research, design, develop and
manufacture performance-inspired
composite products. The founders
set out to develop unique process
technologies to produce high-quality
parts at a reduced cost to serve the
sporting goods and radiology and oncology imaging sector.
Over time, Quatro discovered its
processes were able to produce parts
that would meet the demanding specifications of the aerospace and medical markets. In 2004, the company
began manufacturing medical-quality
autoclave carbon composite products
in Orange City, Iowa.
Today, the Iowa location supplies
highly engineered advanced composite structures, components and assemblies to the aerospace and defense
industry. It supplies parts for Boeing's
787 Dreamliner, Insitu UAV's and
Gulfstream business class jets.

aim aerospace is revamping its plants and
incorporating automation. by janice hoppe-spiers

Two Becomes One

AIM Aerospace President and
CEO Daniele Cagnatel plans to modernize the company's facilities and
introduce carbon fiber technology
intelligent automation this year to
strengthen its position as a leading
aerospace manufacturer. "Big changes
are coming because the market around
us is changing," he says. "We will retain our core competencies but revamp. It's going to be significant. The

Since the acquisition, AIM Aerospace
and Quatro have been on a journey
to become one. "We had two companies and two management teams
with no cross-pollination," Cagnatel
says. "We have created one company
- and a much stronger company - to
move the industrial needle forward
for our employees and customers. We
rebranded the company to AIM Aerospace and spent a lot of time talking
about what makes AIM Aerospace

business that doesn't change is the
business that will go into extinction."
The Renton, Wash.-based company
has been building airline components
for more than 30 years. AIM Aerospace specialized in manufactured
composite products including composite ducting, substructural and interior parts for the commercial aerospace industry.
In March 2017, AIM Aerospace ac-

AIM Aerospace / www.aim-aerospace.com / Headquarters: Renton, Wash. / Employees: 1,050 / Specialty: Primary/secondary aerospace
structures, unmanned aerial vehicles, interiors, systems and engines /

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