Developer and manufacturer of lightweight aircraft, BlackWing Sweden, was a winner of the Red Dot Award for Product Design 2016. The fuselage and wings are entirely manufactured using TeXtreme, Boras, Sweden, spread-tow carbon fiber fabric – which the company claims are 15% more rigid than conventional twill fabric.
The aircraft is designed by founder and CEO Niklas Anderberg. After gaining extensive aerospace engineering experience working for Boeing and Saab Aerospace, Niklas set out to change the rules on how small aircrafts are developed.
“For us to be able to design the aircraft as we have done and to reach the desired weight targets with the outstanding performance we needed, using TeXtreme was the obvious choice of materials, if not the only choice,” says Anderberg.
TeXtreme has over 10 years of experience manufacturing and testing real-world applications of spread-tow reinforcement technology. This knowledge, combined with flexible production capabilities and access to the largest global capacity of spread-tow fabrics, allows the company to provide customers rapid delivery of tailor-made fabrics resulting in reduced time-to-market for their products.
The Red Dot Design Award is an international product and communication design prize awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, in Essen, Germany.