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JEC Composites Magazine: How did you become CEO of FDC Composites? JACQUES CABANA : When I finished my studies, I joined the Canadian Forces and became a superior officer, mainly in operations and logistics, including a 1993-1994 stint as peacekeeper during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I held a number of management jobs in human resources, logistics, information technology and operations before becoming managing general manager for the Canadian subsidiary of Advanced Aero Company, in the USA. I was in charge of putting in place an aircraft manufacturing plant and of marketing operations in Canada. In 2004, I became CEO and co-owner of Flight Dynamics Corp., which provided the aviation industry with engineering and manufacturing services in the field of composite materials. In 2008, an associate and I started up FDC Composites Inc. in Saint-Jean-surRichelieu, Quebec. Our company specializes in the manufacture of composite materials for the aviation and railway segments of the transport sector. JCM: Which technologies are you the most qualified in? J. C.: One of our strong points is design and manufacturing of aircraft parts using Resin Infusion (a version of Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Moulding VARTM). We developed our expertise in that area during an R&D project that started in 2001 and lasted for six years, on a budget of US$11 million. We worked mainly with the École Polytechnique of Montréal and the National Research Council of Canada, with some contributions from McGill University and the University of British

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JCM: Can you give us a brief overview of what is going on at FDC Composites? J. C.: As I’ve just mentioned, we invested $11 million in R&D for our collaborative infusion project, from 2001 to 2007. Initially, we used this technique to make parts for an all-composite, single-engine amphibious aircraft. Even the structural parts were made of composite materials, for cost reasons. Unfortunately, this very large customer ceased its operations in 2007. It was a real blow to us, but the experience helped us to fine-tune our technologies. At the same time as we were working on infusion, we developed our own adhesives for our composite materials and we developed our capability to manufacture parts using vacuum bagging and hand layup. We can meet several different aeronautical certifications, including FAR 23 and FAR 25 for interior and exterior parts. The parts we manufactured included the 90%-infused engine cowl for the Cessna 182, and complete interior shell (panel) kits for CRJ 100/200 business

Colombia, to fully characterize the mechanical properties of parts manufactured using Resin Infusion, up to aircraft primary Structure level. As part of the project, we carried out thousands of static and dynamic tests, using a testing pyramid method through to complete assemblies. A large number of tests were also carried out in climatic chambers and for fire and lightning resistance. This provided us with a valuable database. As a result, we can make high-performance aircraft parts, even structural parts, without following the standard prepregs+autoclave process. As an exemple, we use the technique to make large sandwich panels. By applying a quality control system that is certified by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), we are able to take care of not only the manufacturing process, but also design and engineering, stress analysis, tests and certification, and tooling fabrication.

conversions as well as green aircraft such as the Challenger 850. For the panels, we used specially formulated epoxy resin instead of phenolic resin. We also use infusion to make made parts for Embraer aircraft, fairing panels for Daher Socata’s TBM 850, and other programs. We manufacture a number of non-aircraft parts, such as interior train parts and simulator parts for the Mechtronix of Montreal. We are also a tier-one supplier for Viking Aircraft Ltd, as we provide the cockpit doors, the lower engine panels and the interior and exterior fairing panels (these are always infused). We deliver the doors fully assembled ready for final assembly and paint. With the business aviation crisis, we have had to find new growth drivers, so we also manufacture train parts meeting the ASTM E162 and ASTM E662 specifications (interior panels for conversion facilities to refurbish railway cars) and wind-turbine nacelle parts. We would also like to manufacture wind-turbine blades.

JCM: What are your views on the future? J. C.: A composite company has to be careful not to put all of its stakes into a single market or program. It should be on the look-out for new trends, products and developments. For example, we are interested in thermoplastics. In terms of markets, we would like to balance our portfolio of activities as follows: 50% aviation, 25% railway and 25% energy. We also would like to grow – conceivably through acquisitions. The major OEMs are looking for first tier suppliers with sales of US$100 million and be able to deliver complete integrated subassemblies, starting with small OEMs. It is important to integrate the full line of services from design to manufacturing. The real added value lies in being able to turn the initial concept into a finished product, as we did with the complete cockpit door assemblies for Viking Air Ltd. More information: www.fdccomposites.com


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NEWS WORLDWIDE
Companies
Spirit AeroSystems and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes enter into agreements
CTRM and CTL to commercialize composites testing in Asia
IDI Composites International announces installation of automated BMC production line
Umeco and Shanghai Leadgo Technology form a joint venture in China
SAIC awarded USD 11 million contract to deliver manufacturing facility for composite building materials
Airbus completes allocation of A350 XWB airframe work packages to China
Hexagon Composites signs new major contract with Daimler AG
National Aerospace Laboratories: incisive know-how
Innovations - Twelve companies rewarded by JEC and CCE for their composites innovations
Agenda of events
Equipment: Welding - Increasing bond strength and reducing defects in ultrasonic welding
BUSINESS
Market survey - Aerospace composites in Quebec: a wealth of players and R&D
AN INTERVIEW WITH JACQUES CABANA PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER FDC COMPOSITES Inc.
Niche Market - Tool-side breathing allows BAE Systems to manufacture its new UAV
Trend - Composites and the carbon label
FEATURE - AUTOMOTIVE
Data - World ranking of manufacturers years 2009
Trend -Formula One experience to drive forward other industries
Application - BMW's MCV, the first mass produced car with a carbon passenger cell
An interesting solution for NASCAR race engine alternators
Prepreg materials investigated as a storage battery for future cars
Research & Development - Lamborghini prepares for the future with a new carbon-fibre research development
Environment - How adhesives reduce emissions, minimize waste and improve recycling
FRP recycling in Europe, North America and the Pacific Rim area
USER'S PLATFORM
Composites in the world - Agile as a snake for ice climbing
Recyclable emergency snow shovel
Superbus: an innovative public transport concept
Successful partners - Conseil & Technique, an SME dedicated to the development of new products
Application - Advanced graphite composite bipolar plate for fuel cells
KNOW-HOW
Software - four factors drive the development of superior wind blades
Simulation - Bespoke simulation for thermoplastic composite
Raw material - Latent acid catalysts for process control phenolics
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Hexagon Composites signs new major contract with Daimler AG
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - National Aerospace Laboratories: incisive know-how
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Innovations - Twelve companies rewarded by JEC and CCE for their composites innovations
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Equipment: Welding - Increasing bond strength and reducing defects in ultrasonic welding
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Market survey - Aerospace composites in Quebec: a wealth of players and R&D
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - AN INTERVIEW WITH JACQUES CABANA PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER FDC COMPOSITES Inc.
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Niche Market - Tool-side breathing allows BAE Systems to manufacture its new UAV
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Trend - Composites and the carbon label
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Data - World ranking of manufacturers years 2009
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Trend -Formula One experience to drive forward other industries
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Application - BMW's MCV, the first mass produced car with a carbon passenger cell
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - An interesting solution for NASCAR race engine alternators
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Prepreg materials investigated as a storage battery for future cars
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Research & Development - Lamborghini prepares for the future with a new carbon-fibre research development
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Environment - How adhesives reduce emissions, minimize waste and improve recycling
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Superbus: an innovative public transport concept
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Successful partners - Conseil & Technique, an SME dedicated to the development of new products
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Application - Advanced graphite composite bipolar plate for fuel cells
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Software - four factors drive the development of superior wind blades
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Simulation - Bespoke simulation for thermoplastic composite
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Raw material - Latent acid catalysts for process control phenolics
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