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“The increasing use of carbon fiber composites for aircraft components has created a demand for inspection systems that can quickly identify potential quality issues,” says Scott Thams, president and CEO of X-Ray Industries. “The addition of Arcadia to our family of nondestructive and surface finishing technology companies helps to extend our expertise and tap into this growing market.”
According to a 2010 World Carbon Fiber Composite Market report, the global demand for carbon fiber composites is valued at $13.2 billion for 2012 with expectations to increase to $18.6 billion by 2015. To address this growing market, X-Ray Industries is investing $1.5 million in the Arcadia Aerospace facility including new leading edge ultrasonic inspection systems that will triple its capability for carbon composite airframe component inspection.