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Alcan launches alloy to compete with carbon fiber composites

Alcan will invest €42.5 million in AIRWARE, a high-performance, low-density aluminum-lithium alloy designed for use in aircraft primary structures.

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Posted on: 8/2/2010
Source: CompositesWorld

Alcan Global Aerospace, Transportation and Industry (Alcan Global ATI), a business unit of Alcan Engineered Products, announced on July 20 the launch of AIRWARE, a high-performance, low-density aluminum-lithium alloy designed for use in aircraft primary structures.

Alcan Global ATI is investing €42.5 million in its production site at Issoire, France and its R&D center at Voreppe, France, to develop and produce AIRWARE.

"With AIRWARE, we turn a new page in the aerospace industry. By offering manufacturers a solution to lighten aircraft structures, cut assembly and maintenance costs while benefiting from aluminum infinite recyclability, we are demonstrating our commitment to innovate and meet our customers' needs", said Christophe Villemin, Alcan Global ATI president. 

Alcan says the use of advanced welding techniques combined with the introduction of recycling systems boosts AIRWARE's performance, thereby increasing the aerospace industry's efficiency and reducing its overall environmental footprint. Alcan reports that AIRWARE is 100 percent recyclable, can deliver 20 percent weight reductions for aircraft primary parts and guarantees heavy maintenance intervals of up to at least 12 years.

"Major aircraft manufacturers have already chosen AIRWARE for their new program: Airbus for the A350 XWB and Bombardier for the CSeries. We are particularly proud to look into the future of the aerospace industry by offering the reliability and performance of our solutions", concluded Villemin.
 

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