MAG announced on May 19 that it has acquired French company, Forest Lin Industries Group (FLI), which specializes in manufacturing systems for aerospace applications, dies/molds, large parts, titanium and composites processing.
The company provides composite wing and wing box applications, and operates sites in France, Germany, China and Canada, employing about 300. Jean Bertrand Prot will continue as President and CEO of FLI and join the MAG Executive Board.
"This acquisition gives MAG another significant point of access to aerospace composites technology, manufacturing resources and demonstration facilities, as well as additional market and customer segments," said Dan Janka, President of MAG Global Industrial Systems. "Lin has always been an innovator, and its technology portfolio is highly complementary with our own, so we anticipate a wide range of new opportunities to result from this acquisition."
Like MAG, Lin is a supplier of both automated tape laying and fiber placement systems. Lightweight and rigid composites are widely used throughout the aerospace industry and in renewable energy systems, such as wind turbines. "MAG enthusiastically looks forward to increasing demand in the wind industry over the next few years, and has strongly positioned itself for growth in all segments of renewable energy, as well as the automotive sector, for which we have developed new composites production technology," Janka added.