HISTORY OF FIBER MATERIALS INC.
Founded in 1969, Fiber Materials Inc. develops and manufactures high temperature materials and composites for use in industrial, commercial, and aerospace applications. With two locations in Biddeford, ME, FMI produces carbon/carbon composites, soft and rigid insulation, and advanced polymer matrix composites.
FMI is a material solutions company that offers a range of capabilities to support the most challenging applications from concept to production. As a recognized leader in the manufacture of high-temperature composite materials, FMI produces components and products that serve a range of applications from industrial insulation and friction hardware, and from thermal protection systems (TPS) to rocket motors to nose tips. Our materials can be found inside industrial furnaces, at the National Air and Space Museum, and on the surface of Mars.
In December 2016, FMI was purchased by Edgewater Capital Partners. FMI joins Edgewater’s impressive portfolio of middle-market performance materials businesses.
As of August 29, 2018, FMI is ISO 9001:2015 certified
FMI is established as a business and manufacturing plant in Westford, MA
1970 – 1996
US Navy Quartz Fiber Preforms
FMI opens a manufacturing plant in Biddeford, ME industrial park
Rocket Motor Integrated Throat Entrance Manufacturing Begins
Energy Materials Testing Laboratory Established
US Air Force 7” Manufacturing Technology (Mantech) Program
Carbon-Carbon Re-entry Material Manufacturing Begins
1981 – 1994
Rumford facility purchased and made operational to support industrial fabrics and 3D weaving
FMI Facility expanded for cylindrical looms, machine shop and materials handling
Initiate building of Dedicated C/C production Facility, Operational 1986
Presque Isle Facility is established for 2D Weaving and production of fabrics
Stardust Heatshield developed and delivered
1994 – Present
Missile Defense Interceptor Integrated Throat Entrance Manufacturing
Contract for Divert and Attitude Control System Materials Leads to Development of FMI Carbon/Carbon Silicon Carbide
US Navy Establishes Intermat Facility for Dedicated C/C Manufacturing and Advanced Development
FMI Supports NASA Orion Thermal Protection System Advanced Development Program
Successful Return of Stardust Sample Return Capsule with FMI PICA Heat Shield Marks Fastest Atmospheric Entry of a Man-Made Object
US Navy supports Intermat development of quartz densification process
FMI Manufactures PICA heat shield tiles for NASA Mars Science Laboratory
Successful demonstration of FMI Carbon/Carbon-Silicon Carbide in NASA Orion Pad Abort-1 flight test
NASA’s Mars Science Lab Curiosity rover lands successfully on the Mars
FMI wins OAI Innovation Award