Last month, during the Cache Valley Business Summit, HyPerComp Engineering Inc. and S&S Worldwide received the Vanguard in International Business Award, presented by World Trade Center Utah in partnership with the Department of Workforce Services.

The awards recognized the two Utah businesses for their success in international exporting from within the Box Elder, Rich and Cache county region. Brigham City-based HyPerComp Engineering (HEI) designs and fabricates composite-wrapped high pressure vessels and its breakthrough technologies for lighter, stronger and safer pressure vessels have proven critical in competing in the aerospace and automotive industries.

As a business with global reach, HEI exports to countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom, Thailand and Japan, with as much as 30 percent of its business coming from international sales. HEI was founded in 1996 by its president, James Patterson, who sold the company in March to three brothers:  Daryl, Bryce and Mark Thompson.

HEI specializes in the design, analysis, development, testing, manufacture and certification of filament-wound high pressure composite vessels for diverse applications. The company notes that innovation is its core competence and is rooted in its heritage.

That innovative expertise is underscored by HEI’s role in the development of next-generation storage vessel solutions for both the automotive and military aerospace industries. Not only did the company successfully supply the first “proof of concept” extreme high pressure gaseous and cryogenic compressed hydrogen automotive COPVs to the world’s leading automotive OEMs in the early adaption of hydrogen, but also supplied the U.S. military with ultralight fuel storage COPVs for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, enabling record-setting flight endurance capabilities.

Meanwhile, HEI customers benefit from the company’s close relationships with and ready access to leading COPV industry participants ranging from material and machinery suppliers, independent testing agencies, regulatory agencies, to aerospace and automotive OEM’s and their supply chains.

“The result for the client is a flexible, experienced and innovative source for even the most challenging requirements,” according to HEI.

From characterizing a composite structure’s various component materials, identifying the optimal combinations and manufacturing processes to ensuring repeatable quality for long-lasting and predictable results, HEI’s unique capabilities in composite pressure vessels offer a comprehensive suite of services ranging from simple testing and analysis to full-service turn-key new product design, development and certification.

HEI has significant experience in filament winding both thick and thin walled high pressure composite cylinders and tubular structures for many varied applications. Our cylinder solutions include our specialization in type 2, type 3 and type 4 composite pressure vessels which encompass the vast majority of current market applications and requirements.

As HEI leaders have noted, the company is strategically located within Utah’s dynamic high tech corridor, which stretches from Orbital ATK’s space operations facility in Northern Utah to the south end of Utah County. This corridor is considered the center of the country’s most concentrated “composites” industry, with carbon fiber material suppliers, filament winding equipment builders and related advanced composites companies clustering in symbiotic relationships that produce strength and efficiency within the supply chain.

The state’s advanced composites industry also benefits from the support of highly specialized local academic research institutions with composites engineering focus as well as an abundance of skilled technicians, engineers and labor force intimately familiar with the composites industry. For more information about HEI visit or call 435-734-1166.