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Shimco Boosts Manufacturing Capacity with New Mazak Upgrades

As you may have heard, this has been a big year for us at Shimco. We’ve moved into our new facility in Cambridge, Ontario, expanded our business offerings and global footprint, and have been featured in major industry publications. Clearly we’re doing something right – and we’ve decided to continue this trend by incorporating new machinery into our process.

We’ve recently brought online a new Mazak flexible manufacturing system (“FMS”) that is comprised of two horizontal high-speed CNC machines and a pallet changing system. This new system will allow us to run up to 32 jobs with just one operator – cutting costs and saving time for our customers. We’re working on shifting to a lights out manufacturing operation on the FMS through advanced data capture, reporting tools and scheduling, allowing for unmatched productivity.

The new FMS includes our current Mazak HCN 4000 horizontal machining centre, a new, identical Mazak 4000 HCN and the Mazak Palletech system.  Both horizontal machining centres are connected to the Palletech, resulting in a single flexible manufacturing system. The Palletech holds 12 pallets, and each pallet holds either a 2-sided or a 4-sided tombstone. The end result is that we have 32 work surfaces in the FMS, allowing us schedule 32 jobs at once with just one operator.

This is a huge step for us in increasing our efficiency and throughput so that we can take on even more, and higher quantity jobs for our customers. As the demand for new aircraft continues to rise, we aim to meet that demand by improving our processes with new machinery upgrades such as this.

Shimco Attended Two Major Aerospace Events in February

2016 is already off to a busy start, and Shimco is keeping the momentum going by participating in two aerospace trade shows this month. As a leader in aerospace precision parts manufacturing, we’re proud to show off our capabilities and network with other major contributors to the industry.

The first show we attended was the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) conference in Seattle, WA from February 9 to 11th. This 3-day event brought together hundreds of aerospace executives to discuss key trends in the market and supply chain. There were numerous presentations to inform attendees about OEM forecasts and production rates, aerospace analytics, new technologies and processes in aerospace manufacturing, and big data in the supply chain, among others.

President Peter Voss speaking at 2016 Singapore Airshow

President Peter Voss speaking at 2016 Singapore Airshow

We also took an active role in the Singapore Airshow from February 16 to 21st. We had a presence in the Canadian Pavilion as part of the Ontario Showcase, and our president, Peter Voss, delivered a well-attended presentation at the show. On February 18th, he led a technology seminar on “Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) – The Coating of the Future,” to explain how this coating process results in long-lasting, lighter final products.

Capping off the month, we moved into our new Cambridge facility. Overall, this month continued a path of growth for the company, and continues to build off of our most recent milestones. We are excited to see where the rest of 2016 takes us.

Shimco Breaks Ground at New Headquarters

Shimco, a world-wide leader in the manufacture of precision parts and gap management solutions, announced today the inauguration of its new headquarters was held at their future 25,000 square foot facility site in Cambridge, Ontario. Relocation of Shimco’s current headquarters in Markham, Ontario to Cambridge is planned for December 2015.

Shimco Ground Breaking Ceremony

Benjamin Voss, Hannah Voss, Jennifer Voss (Shimco), Steven Fairweather (City of Cambridge), Mayor Doug Craig, Peter Voss (Shimco), James Goodram (City of Cambridge) and Brian Butcher (Cambridge Chamber of Commerce).

In attendance at the ground-breaking ceremony in the Boxwood business subdivision in north Cambridge was the Mayor of Cambridge, Doug Craig; Steven Fairweather, Chief Financial Officer and City Treasurer, City of Cambridge; James Goodram, Director of Economic Development, City of Cambridge; Brian Butcher, VP of Operations and Communications, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce; Peter Voss, President, CEO and owner of Shimco; his wife Jennifer Voss, Director of Shimco and their two children, Benjamin and Hannah Voss.

The new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will incorporate increased automation, new manufacturing capabilities and the latest lean manufacturing principles. Shimco also plans to collaborate with local educational institutions, equipment manufacturers and its customers to create a ‘centre of excellence’ to commercialize leading edge manufacturing and processing technologies. An additional 15,000 square foot expansion is already in the planning stage to start construction in 2016, which will incorporate surface treatment and testing, allowing the company to offer end-to-end customized solutions to its international customer base.

During the relocation period, parallel manufacturing is planned for the current manufacturing site in Markham, Ontario and the new Cambridge location to ensure no interruption in deliveries to customers.

Voss comments: “It was an honour to be surrounded by representatives from the City of Cambridge, Cambridge’s Chamber of Commerce, but particularly my family, without whose never-ending support none of this would have been possible. As a resident of Cambridge, it is especially momentous to establish Shimco here, alongside other leading aerospace manufacturers, and to create new jobs in a community known for advanced manufacturing. The City of Cambridge has been extremely accommodating during this process and I thank them for their support. Our customers have given me very positive feedback on our move, and we are already seeing new opportunities with existing and new customers because of the significantly improved capabilities planned for the new facility. We look forward to the construction of the new building in the coming months and our move to Cambridge at the end of this year.”

Avdel Aerospace Now Representing Shimco in India

Paris Air Show 2015 Agreement

From left: Peter Voss and Jennifer Voss of Shimco, with Sameer Bulchandani and
Nandish Jingade from Avdel

Shimco, a world-wide leader in the manufacture of precision parts and gap management solutions, announced today the appointment of Avdel Aerospace as the exclusive representative in India for all Shimco parts and services. The agreement was signed in the Shimco stand (Ontario/Canadian Pavilion), at the 2015 Paris Air Show by Peter Voss, President, CEO and owner of Shimco; Jennifer Voss, Director of Shimco; Sameer Bulchandani, Managing Director of Avdel (India) Pvt. Ltd.; and Nandish Jingade, General Manager (Aerospace) of Avdel.

Avdel Aerospace is a division of Avdel (India) Pvt. Ltd. which was founded in 1961 and supplies fasteners, raw material and other hardware to aerospace and industrial customers. With warehouses and sales office locations around India including Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai Thiruvananthapuram and Kanpur, Avdel Aerospace has a strategic advantage of effectively covering the geography of the major aerospace pockets around India. Avdel’s aerospace division is the largest Indian hardware supplier/distributor to the aviation sector.

Nandish Jingade of Avdel Aerospace comments: “We were actively searching to represent a supplier of high-quality precision parts, and Shimco was at the top of the list. We initially met with Shimco last year at the Farnborough International Airshow, which was followed by an on-site visit by Peter Voss to our headquarters in Mumbai during Aero India in February. Shimco has built a successful business of metallic and non-metallic precision parts, with a specialty in gap management solutions for sub and final assemblies, and partners directly and indirectly with many of the world’s largest Tier 1 and OEM aerospace companies including Airbus, Asco, Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace, Bell Helicopter, Embraer, UTAS, RTI Claro, Sonaca, SPP, MHI and Wesco Aerospace. Avdel Aerospace is honoured to be their exclusive representative in India and we look forward to building their future success in the Indian market.”

“I met with other potential distributors and representatives in India, but found Avdel Aerospace to have the most breadth in terms of customer base, knowledge and experience,” comments Peter Voss of Shimco. “Their approach to business is with honesty and integrity, which is in line with Shimco’s core values. Avdel Aerospace represents several well-known leading international hardware and raw material manufacturers and is equipped with a solid team of sales engineers and supporting staff. With Avdel Aerospace on board, Shimco is set for considerable growth in India.”

About Shimco
For over 25 years, Shimco has served the aerospace, defense, space, industrial and other sectors worldwide. Shimco is a world-wide leader in the manufacture of precision parts and gap management solutions (such as laminated and edge-bonded shims, tapers and spacers), in materials ranging from aluminum and titanium through to synthetics and composites.

Shimco offers a tradition of innovationprecision and execution, providing solutions that conform to exacting international and customer-specific standards. Shimco is registered with the Canadian Controlled Goods Program and is an ISO9001:2008 & AS9100C registered company. Their commitment to quality, on-time delivery, lean manufacturing, customer support, the environment and financial strength is unparalleled. Canadian Headquarters are located in Markham, Ontario.

We are dedicated to be a preferred strategic partner to global aerospace, space and defence OEMs and Tier 1 system integrators, suppliers and MRO organizations, providing value and service on everything that flies.

New Building and Location for Shimco Headquarters Announced

Shimco, a world-wide leader in the manufacture of precision parts and gap-management solutions, announced today the upcoming move of Shimco’s headquarters to a brand new building in Cambridge, Ontario. Ground breaking for the new site will take place in July 2015 with the relocation planned for December 2015.

The new 25,000 square foot facility in Cambridge will house the new headquarters of Shimco as well as a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, incorporating increased automation and the latest lean manufacturing principles. The manufacturing facility will see the addition of new machines with increased capabilities, robotics and RFID inventory tracking, allowing for a faster turn-around time for its customers’ orders. Further, in-line with the company’s vision of being at the leading edge of advanced manufacturing processes, it plans to collaborate with local educational institutions to create a ‘centre of excellence’ to commercialize leading edge manufacturing technologies. An additional 15,000 square foot expansion is also planned to incorporate surface treatment and testing, allowing the company to offer an end-to-end solution to its international customer base.

Cambridge is a well-known, diverse community with a history of success in the manufacturing sector. Many national and international brands have head offices or local manufacturing facilities in Cambridge such as ATS, Com Dev, Heroux Devtek, Magellan Aerospace, PCC Centra, Raytheon and Toyota, some of which are located near the planned new Shimco site.

During the relocation period, parallel manufacturing is planned for the current manufacturing site in Markham, Ontario and the new Cambridge location to ensure no interruption in deliveries to customers.

Peter Voss, President, CEO and owner of Shimco comments: “Shimco has a long and successful history from operations in our current location in Markham. The City of Markham has been very supportive of Shimco, including the local business association awarding us with a Business Excellence Award in Innovation last year. However, as a result of exponential growth stemming from our partnerships with many of the world’s largest Tier 1 and OEM aerospace companies, it was time for Shimco to relocate into a larger and more modern manufacturing facility. After researching multiple options, the site in Cambridge provided us with the right combination of building a cost-effective new facility within a dynamic and strategically located community known for advanced manufacturing. Our new facility will accommodate Shimco’s accelerated growth as well as our future expansion plans.”

New Manufacturing Facility

Planned site for Shimco’s new headquarters in Cambridge, Ontario