Specialty Materials, Inc.
Specialty Materials, Inc. (SMI) has produced advanced fibers and materials for the aerospace, defense, energy and industrial segments of the advanced materials composites industry for more than 35 years. Formerly owned and operated by Textron Systems (a.k.a. AVCO), SMI is now a privately-owned company that continues to be headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA.
Our manufacturing facility houses several hundred continuous CVD
reactors and two production lines for unidirectional prepreg tape
manufacturing. The facilities have all the appropriate permits and
meet all State & Federal standards for gaseous emissions, wastewater,
handling and storage of toxic and hazardous materials, and
hazardous waste disposal. Mechanical testing capabilities
include several computerized Instron instruments. Microstructural
characterization capabilities include optical microscopes (including
polarizing), and a JEOL 5610 Scanning Electron Microscope equipped with digital image and micro-analysis capability using a Thermo - NORAN System SIX X-ray Microanalysis System.
Our company policy is simply to produce the best boron, silicon
carbide and other advanced materials and composites by consistently improving our products,
our processes, our controls and our services. Operations are certified to
ISO9001:2008, as well as many OEM product specifications.