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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 October 9, 2014, FMI is ISO 9001:2008 certified

CORPORATE TIMELINE

July 2016

1969

FMI is established as a business and manufacturing plant in Westford, MA

1970 – 1996

US Navy Quartz Fiber Preforms

1971

FMI opens a manufacturing plant in Biddeford, ME industrial park

1977

Rocket Motor Integrated Throat Entrance Manufacturing Begins

1977

Energy Materials Testing Laboratory Established

1978

US Air Force 7” Manufacturing Technology (Mantech) Program

1981

Carbon-Carbon Re-entry Material Manufacturing Begins

1981 – 1994

Rumford facility purchased and made operational to support industrial fabrics and 3D weaving

1983

FMI Facility expanded for cylindrical looms, machine shop and materials handling

1985

Initiate building of Dedicated C/C production Facility, Operational 1986

1985

Presque Isle Facility is established for 2D Weaving and production of fabrics

1995-1999

Stardust Heatshield developed and delivered

1994 – Present

Missile Defense Interceptor Integrated Throat Entrance Manufacturing

1996

Contract for Divert and Attitude Control System Materials Leads to Development of FMI Carbon/Carbon Silicon Carbide

1996

US Navy Establishes Intermat Facility for Dedicated C/C Manufacturing and Advanced Development

2005-2007

FMI Supports NASA Orion Thermal Protection System Advanced Development Program

2006

Successful Return of Stardust Sample Return Capsule with FMI PICA Heat Shield Marks Fastest Atmospheric Entry of a Man-Made Object

2007

US Navy supports Intermat development of quartz densification process

2008-2009

FMI Manufactures PICA heat shield tiles for NASA Mars Science Laboratory

2010

Successful demonstration of FMI Carbon/Carbon-Silicon Carbide in NASA Orion Pad Abort-1 flight test

2012

NASA’s Mars Science Lab Curiosity rover lands successfully on the Mars

2013

FMI wins OAI Innovation Award

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