ITT Exelis completes first phase of composite aerostructures expansion

  ITT Exelis completes first phase of composite aerostructures expansion

Business Wire

SALT LAKE CITY -- June 18, 2013

ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has completed the first phase of its expansion at the
new composite design and manufacturing center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The
facility, designed to meet the growing demand for composite structures in
military and commercial aircraft, is now fully operational and offers a suite
of automated manufacturing capabilities to provide the industry with
high-quality, cost-effective composite solutions.

Exelis has completed the installation of its Automated Tape Layer (ATL) that
complements its existing capabilities in precision hand lay-up techniques and
Automated Fiber Placement. The addition of the ATL provides the added
capability to produce a variety of aircraft structures from wing skins and
horizontal stabilizers to fuselage panels for business jets and large
commercial aircraft. In addition, the facility includes large-diameter
autoclaves, high-speed machining centers and inspection equipment to
accommodate the scale of these structures.

“As the global demand for composites increases, we are prepared to offer the
aerospace industry the most efficient and cost-effective manufacturing
solutions,” said Mike Blair, vice president and general manager of the Exelis
aerostructures business. “By leveraging our heritage and an expanded
operational capacity, we have the ability to build upon our foundation of
performance and combine processes that expand our capabilities for our
customers.”

Exelis has more than 40 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of
composite structures and assemblies. Composite structures are used
increasingly by commercial and military aircraft manufacturers as a proven
alternative to metal structures. Exelis is well-positioned with increased
manufacturing capacity and breadth of composite process capability to provide
customers with optimal solutions to meet their needs.

About ITT Exelis

Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and
technical services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer
knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical
solutions for global customers. We are a leader in communications, sensing and
surveillance, critical networks, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic
solutions and information systems with growing positions in C4ISR, composite
aerostructures, logistics and technical services. Headquartered in McLean,
Va., the company employs about 19,900 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5
billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or
connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Contact:

ITT Exelis
Heather Kralik, 801-505-7001
heather.kralik@exelisinc.com
 
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