Paris-based Fives has become a member of the Jules Verne Institute, which is a French-based research center specializing in advanced composite, metal and hybrid production technologies. Fives will collaborate on the following:
The FATAL (Titanium & Aluminum Additive Manufacturing) project is based on new additive manufacturing processes using titanium, aluminum and steel alloys. It aims to develop new applications in the fields of aerospace, automotive and energy, which require innovative lightweight designs with high strength. For Fives, this project could have applications in the manufacture of industrial equipment for energy applications.
The IMPACT (Investigations for Manufacturing Processes Adapted to Composites) project targets the automotive, aerospace and energy sectors to define the most relevant technological solutions for forming composite materials. The setup of an industrial research facility supporting these sectors is being considered.
The agreement between Fives and the Jules Verne Institute meets the group’s objective to adopt an open innovation approach by collaborating with other leaders (research, schools and businesses) in order to encourage the development of new technologies. In the same vein, a partnership was signed with CEA Tech at the end of 2014 to guide technological development programs in several areas such as new materials, mobile robotics, thermal storage, etc.
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