History

1988—Incorporated as Coast Composites Inc.

  • – Part of Union Carbide Corporation
  • – Initial business focus on monolithic graphite molds for satellite reflectors

1990—Expands business into other types of tooling and materials

  • – Layup and mold tools – steel, aluminum

1993—Introduction into Invar tooling

  • – Key supplier to Lockheed & Boeing for F22 tooling
  • – Manufactured RTM tooling for GKN
  • – Introduction of engineering & design department to support tool manufacture

1995—Becomes a major U.S. aerospace tooling supplier

  • – Inception of fabrication facility for tooling manufacture
  • – Specialized in Invar fabricated structures & forming

1998—Facility & capacity expansion

  • – Coast doubled facility size
  • – Installed large Henri Line high-speed machining center
  • – Added support equipment for machining details
  • – Introduction of laser tracker systems for measurement and build

2000—Further capacity expansion

  • – Introduction of 2nd large Henri Line machine into the facility
  • – Doubles capacity of fabrication facility

2001—Expands business outside the U.S.

  • – Tooling supplier to Europe
  • – Initially supplies tooling for Airbus A380 (France & Germany)

2003—changes ownership to HKW—Capabilities expansion

  • – Increased engineering & design group
  • – Expanded fabrication capacity
  • – Adds laser trackers
  • – Develops laser-welding technology for modular tool manufacture

2005—Coast becomes part of Hampson Industries PLC

  • – Supplies wing and fuselage tooling for Boeing 787 to U.S. and Japanese partners (Mitsubishi, Kawasaki, Fuji)

2006—Increases in manufacturing capacity

  • – Opens additional facility in Santa Ana, CA 115,000 ft&#0178 (10,684 m&#0178)
  • – Doubles manufacturing capacity
  • – Increases machining capability Adds 2 Henri Line linear motor machines & Nicolas Correa support machine
  • – Supplies tooling for A400M to Europe

2006—Hampson acquires Odyssey Industries and Global Tooling Systems

  • – Creates Tooling Group along with Coast

2007—Expands capabilities and facility at Santa Ana site

  • – Increases fabrication facility to 50,000 ft&#0178 (4645 m&#0178)
  • – Installs hi-definition plasma cutting area
  • – Installs forming equipment and large-capacity cranes
  • – Installs high-temperature heat treat facility (Largest in western U.S.)
  • – Installs sand blast and paint facility to enable vertical integration for fabrication

2008—Increases machining capability

  • – Installation of Handtmann Machining center
  • – Selected as tooling supplier to Airbus for the A350 program—CWB, Wing & Fuselage

2010—Further enhances machining capabilities

  • – Installation of Henri Line double-gantry machining center

2011—Increases customer base

  • – Coast ventures into South America and China to supply tooling for Embraer and Comac
  • – Contract to build 787 Rear Fuselage Tooling—BMI Composite

2012—Opens Santa Ana composites tooling facility

  • – Ritchey Street building adds 27,000 ft&#0178 (2508 m&#0178)
  • – Installation of ply cutter & freezer storage
  • – Installation of optical laser template capability
  • – November, 2012, American Industrial Partners (AIP) acquires U.S.-operating subsidiaries of Hampson Aerospace

2013—Composites tooling facility upgraded

  • – Installation of 13′ X 50′ autoclave
  • – Installation of 12′ X 30′ oven
  • – Upgrade of laser welding capacity
  • – Purchase of 6KW laser welding unit

2014—Machining composites tooling facility upgraded

  • – Installation of three high-speed machining centers

AIP Aerospace 2016