Induction Welding for Dustless Assembly of Aircraft Within a Decade

June 09, 2021 |

Induction-welded thermoplastic CFRP rudders have been flying since 2008.

Improvements over the past decade include using UD tapes (vs. fabric), computer modeling, sensors for process control, standardized tests for airframe certification and more. The industry’s leading experts will present their status in advancing induction welding for future production aircraft and answer your questions.


  • Qualification of induction welding using CF/LM PAEK UD tape
  • Demonstrations of induction welding for industrial assembly and using AI-based process control
  • Testing of new sensors for process control
  • Fuselage Tier 1 supplier view of fit into production

Presenter 1:

Maarten Bach

Thermoplastics Account Manager, KVE Composites Group

Maarten Bach studied aerospace engineering at the Delft University of Technology and holds a master's degree in the design of composite structures. After a decade in the composites industry working with thermoset materials for motorsports, aerospace and marine applications, he made the switch to thermoplastics when he joined KVE Composites Group in 2020. Maarten is the thermoplastics account manager, responsible for the commercial projects and customer relations of KVE's induction welding technology.

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Presenter 2:

Simon Maire-Vigueur

Head of R&T, Composites Manufacturing; STELIA Aerospace

Simon Maire-Vigueur, with 15 years of experience as a composites engineer in the space and aerospace industry, has held different positions in the field of composites processing, designing and industrializing. He joined Stelia Aerospace in 2016 as head of the R&T composites manufacturing department, which aims to develop new technologies to design, produce and assemble composite aerostructures.

Simon Maire-Vigueur

Presenter 3:

Jérôme Raynal

Aeronautics and Composites Director, Insitut de Soudure Groupe

Jérôme Raynal is a composites material engineer with decades of experience in composite processing. Jérôme has a strong background in LCM technologies (RTM, infusion) for aeronautics, marine, and industrial applications. He is now leading the aeronautics and composite developments of Institut de Soudure Groupe with a strategic focus on thermoplastic composites welding technology, specifically the ISW solution.

Jérôme Raynal

Presenter 4:

Grégoire Beauduin

Business Developer, Com&Sens

Combining a hands-on composites processing track record with strong composites industry market expertise, Grégoire has extensive sales and project management experience in advanced composites manufacturing technologies for aerospace, defense, industrial and sports applications. Grégoire joined Com&Sens as a partner in 2019 with the aim of bringing the potential of fiber-optic sensing technologies for the composites industry to the next level, opening the door to the industrialization of smart or self-sensing composite structures.

Presenter 5:

Leo Muijs

Chief Technologist Assembly Systems, GKN Fokker Technologies B.V.

Leo Muijs has worked over 40 years for Fokker in The Netherlands, now part of GKN Aerospace. He has held several positions in design and manufacturing engineering, materials and processes, project management and R&D. His background is in metal, composites and fiber metal laminates (design and industrialization), and assembly automation. Currently, Leo leads the R&D assembly team as chief technologist and is the technical lead for several European projects, including STUNNING, in which GKN Fokker is responsible for the lower half of the multi-function fuselage demonstrator. Leo holds a master's degree in manufacturing systems engineering from Warwick University in the U.K.