France-based aerospace composites manufacturer Duqueine Group opened a new production facility at Queretaro Aerospace Park, where the company invested US$ 2.6 million and recruited 70 high qualified workers for this endeavor.
This is the company’s fifth production facility in the world, its first on the Americas and its second overseas. The facilities are located in Massieux, Reyrieux and Nantes, France; Timisoara, Romania and Queretaro, Mexico.
Duqueine Group has become a composites manufacturing powerhouse. The company employs more than 600 people, including as many as 80 engineers, at its 300,000 square feet of production and Research & Development facilities spanning its five worldwide sites.
Accomplished in a variety of composites processes, including hand layup, semi-automated layup, resin transfer molding (RTM) and infusion molding, Duqueine has progressed from a Tier 3 to a Tier 1 supplier to Dassault Aviation (Paris, France), EADS Sogerma (Rochefort, France) and Safran Group (Paris, France).
It recently won three large work packages for the Airbus A350 XWB — including fuselage frames, window frames and engine air-intake panels — and reportedly leads the world in carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) bicycle wheels, producing 40,000 per year for parts manufacturer and Tour de France partner Mavic (Annecy, France).
Duqueine also is an established supplier of aircraft interior subassemblies and ducting; industrial structures, such as large radio telescope dishes for Thales Alenia Space (Cannes, France); and head and neck support (HANS) devices.