HITCO hits the heights with its complex carbon-based composites. A subsidiary of SGL CARBON, the company manufactures composite materials, as well as large complex shaped composite structures primarily for military and commercial aircraft and marine assemblies. Carbon and graphite composite products are combined with insulation components and thermal fabrics (nonwovens and metal foils) to meet the high-temperature (and lightweight) requirements needed in the aerospace and defense, automotive, chemical processing, electronics, and power generating industries. HITCO's hits include tail cones and nacelles.
The company's fabricated insulation division uses high temperature fabrics, nonwovens, and metal foils to create products such as firewalls, splash shields, manifold covers, and heat exchangers. It also manufactures carbon brake materials for use on military and commercial aircraft. Its REFRASIL brand silica-based woven textile products are specifically designed for high temperature use. The product line replaces asbestos and is available in a variety of forms, such as woven fabrics and tapes, non-woven blankets, bulk fiber, modules, papers, braiding yarns, sleeving, rope gasket, and cord. Applications include shipbuilding, power plants, metal fabrication, nuclear energy, glass plants, and aircraft industries.
The company offers turnkey services for complex shape composite structures for military aircraft, commercial aircraft, launch vehicles, and marine structures. The company has made assemblies for all generations of the nuclear-powered submarine, and has counted the US Navy as a customer for half a century. It provides such services as inspection and machining for its advanced composite materials and metals.
HITCO is part of its parent's Carbon Filters and Composite segment, which generated 16% of its total revenue in 2012. This segment also achieved growth of 26% from 2011 to 2012.
Harry I. Thompson founded "Thompson Glass and Paint Company" in 1922. The company sold window glass, plate glass, and mirrors. SGL Group, a major supplier of advanced carbon and graphite applications, bought the company in 1997 and renamed it HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc. after Harry I. Thompson.