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Cincinnati Lamb flying higher down in Kentucky.

A move into a new headquarters for its aerospace manufacturing equipment, as well as the introduction of new products and the acquisition of new product lines, are positioning Cincinnati Lamb for future growth. The company's new Aerospace Center of Excellence facility in Hebron, KY, will serve as its headquarters for the design, production, and integration of high performance metalcutting equipment and automated composites processing systems for the aerospace market.

One highlight is a new environmentally-controlled manufacturing addition to handle production of its automated composites systems, which include tape laying and fiber placement equipment. The First machines built will be used in the production of composite components for a European producer of commercial airline products.

Though the commercial aerospace manufacturing sector is expected to remain soft into 2005, Cincinnati Lamb is actively participating on development teams For Boeing's new 7E7 aircraft and the Airbus A380 jumbo jet. The company has also received orders to support programs such as the F-35 JSF and Europe's EF2000 Eurofighter.

Recent new product introductions have included the HyperMach line of linear motor, 5-axis profiling machines, and new automated drilling systems. The HyperMach line is targeted at aerospace demand for faster equipment, capable of machining even more complex parts. The automated drilling systems are the result of a development-and-build project with Lockheed Martin for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. These extremely large machines are utilized for processing large, monolithic structures comprising materials ranging from aluminum, titanium, and composites.

The company acquired AB Marwin Ltd. (UK) and Modig Machine Tool (Sweden) with product lines complementary to its own. New product lines include the AUTOMAX line of horizontal high-speed profilers from AB Marwin, which features superior chip management, reduced floor space, as well as reduced tool and fixture costs. The PowerFlow from Modig is a dual-spindle machining system for high-speed processing of aircraft stringers. The company says that it has received launch orders for each product and is actively working with customers on additional applications. Cincinnati Lamb,
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Date:Feb 1, 2004
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