Airbus releases 2020 orders and deliveries

The company reports 383 new orders and 566 deliveries in 2020 across all market segments.

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The coming decade: Clarity with a strong dose of uncertainty

Columnist Dale Brosius considers the potential and uncertain role of composites in aerospace, automotive and other markets in the coming decade.


GKN Aerospace manufactures first demonstrator parts for Wing of Tomorrow program

Announced at the Paris Air Show, the company’s composite demonstrator wing components are part of the wing spar. 


TRB chosen to supply materials for Airbus A380 luxury suites

TRB Lightweight Structures and Safran partnered to produce luxury suites featuring phenolic panels.


Large, high-volume, infused composite structures on the aerospace horizon

Infused carbon fiber composite structures are not new, but they have never been built at the rates anticipated for next-generation, single-aisle aircraft. It is a daunting prospect — but a feasible one.


Plant Tour: STELIA Aerospace, Méaulte, France

Supplier of Airbus fuselage sections pushes boundaries of hybrid aerostructures production, assembly and thermoplastic composites.

People in Composites: May 2019

CW’s monthly roundup of people news in the composites industry.


FACC receives “Best Performer” supplier award from Airbus

FACC has been a supplier for Airbus for more than 30 years, contributing advanced lightweight construction systems for multiple aircraft programs.


JEC 2019 at first glance

CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan reflects on first impressions from JEC World 2019, from aerospace industry insights to automotive composite technologies.


An ode to the A380

Columnist Dale Brosius reflects on the contributions that the A380 made to the composites manufacturing industry following the recent announcement of its discontinuation. 


JEC World 2019: Hexcel

Hexcel held its annual press conference at JEC World 2019 and reported promising numbers, as well as several new products and technologies.


Airbus to halt A380 production after Emirates cuts orders

Airbus has announced it will cease deliveries of the A380 in 2021 following a decision by Emirates to reduce its orders for the aircraft from 162 to 123.


People in Composites – January 2019

CW’s monthly roundup of people news in the composites industry.


Advancing composites through virtual and augmented reality

A review of technologies that are bridging the technical divide between the virtual world of design and simulation, and the real-world of composites manufacturing and repair.


Welding thermoplastic composites

Multiple methods advance toward faster robotic welds using new technology for increased volumes and larger aerostructures.


The first composite fuselage section for the first composite commercial jet

Spirit AeroSystems was an established aerospace supplier when it earned that distinction, winning the contract for the Boeing 787’s Section 41. Now its sights are set on the next generation of aircraft.


Thriving aerospace pioneer builds business in the air and on land

Aerospace tier supplier Kanfit Ltd. is expanding, offering both composite and metal parts for applications in an expanding range of high-performance markets.


Safran launches aircraft lifecycle nacelle solution services

The NacelleLife service offering includes maintenance, technical support, a service bulletin mobile app and a non-desructive evaluation tool for composite structures.


Airbus adjusts assembly rates for A380 and A400M

The new plan involves the production of six A380s per year starting from 2020 and eight A400Ms per year as of 2020.


Consolidating thermoplastic composite aerostructures in place, Part 1

After more than 30 years of development, in-situ consolidation is nearing its promise to eliminate fasteners and the autoclave, and enable an integrated, multifunctional airframe.


Thermoplastic composite demonstrators — EU roadmap for future airframes

There is a TPC development roadmap in Europe, supported by Airbus and a variety of aerospace consortia, and involving almost every major aerostructures supplier in Europe.


3D printing helps Latécoère cut lead times

Latécoère is deploying Stratasys FDM additive manufacturing throughout its design and production process.


Airbus Commercial Aircraft delivers record performance

Total deliveries reached 718 – four percent higher than the previous record.


Five more exciting months in composites for 2017

As I write this column, we in the Northern Hemisphere are experiencing the “dog days of summer,” that period from early July until late August when outdoor temperatures and humidity are the highest, and, it seems, business activity is at its lowest.

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