Airbus awards A400M supply contract to Teledyne CML Composites

The contract includes thermoplastic composite wing components, in line with Teledyne CML Composites’ recent investments in thermoplastics processing.
#a400m #airbus


Airbus delivers first A400M to the Belgian Air Force

Despite challenges caused by the pandemic, Airbus’ teams have achieved all 10 aircraft deliveries scheduled this year, bringing the A400M global fleet in operation to 98 aircraft.
#a400m #airbus


Plant tour: Hexcel, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

The scale, precision, speed and quality of carbon fiber manufacture has evolved substantially since the material’s modern introduction in the late 1960s. Hexcel offers a glimpse of the state of the art today.
#space #windblades #weaving

People in Composites: October 2019

AOC Aliancys, Boeing, Composites UK, Hexcel, Michelman, TPI Composites and UTComp announce new faces in the composites industry and honors awarded to top contributors.
#marketing #workforcedevelopment #airbus


GKN Aerospace delivers RTM demonstrator tool for Wing of Tomorrow

The 4-meter mid-scale tool enables large-scale use of resin transfer molding to manufacture a composite wing spar with reduced costs and weight.
#a350 #a400m #wingoftomorrow

Carbon Fibers

2019 Paris Air Show: Highlights

The 2019 Paris Air Show may have lacked the glamour of a new aircraft program announcement, but the composites industry represented is clearly gearing up for next-generation aerospace manufacturing.
#nextgenaerospace #peek #layup


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. 
#a400m #wingoftomorrow #airbus


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.
#airbus #spreadtow #facc


Plant Tour: STELIA Aerospace, Méaulte, France

Supplier of Airbus fuselage sections pushes boundaries of hybrid aerostructures production, assembly and thermoplastic composites.
#a350 #airbus #autoclave


Omega Systèmes extends contract with Airbus

The three-year contract covers the manufacture, supply and processing of high-precision composites for several Airbus programs.
#airbus #a350 #a400m

People on the Move: July 2018

CW’s monthly roundup of people on the move in the composites industry.
#marketing #boeing #aeroengines


A highly specialized player on a world-class team

Tods Aerospace, located in rural England, is part of the larger Unitech Aerospace manufacturing group and specializes in highly engineered aerospace defense structures.
#a400m #outofautoclave #autoclave


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.
#a400m #airbus #a380


Aviation’s big US show: Oshkosh 2017 highlights

The 2017 edition of the Experimental Aircraft Assn.’s (EAA) AirVenture airshow event, held in Oshkosh, WI, US, from July 24 – 30, was another blockbuster.
#a400m #outofautoclave #spreadtow


Carbures beats 2016 aerospace production record

Spanish Tier 2 composites producer Carbures (El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain) announced recently that it has reached an historical record for production of composite aircraft parts, with 45,695 parts produced at its plants in Illescas and Jerez de la Frontera in Spain.
#ndi #airbus #a350


Fiber-metal laminates in the spotlight

Interest in FMLs is growing again as aeroengineers search for lightweight solutions adaptable to new narrowbody commercial aircraft.
#lockheedmartin #insidemanufacturing #autoclave


CW Plant Tour: Composite Technology Center, Stade, Germany

A cornerstone of Germany’s CFK Valley, CTC pushes composites forward via automation, recycling, digital thread-based manufacturing and more.
#a350 #a380 #airbus

Carbon Fibers

2016 Farnborough International Airshow Report

Composites are not the novelty in aerospace that they once were, but there was still much to see at Farnborough this year.
#airbus #boeing #layup


Composites: Materials and processes

High strength at low weight remain the winning combination that propels composite materials into new arenas, but other properties are equally important. This article outlines the case for composites and introduces SourceBook's overview of the materials and processes used to make them.
#Composites101 #a350 #boeing


Composites 101: Fibers and resins

Compared to legacy materials like steel, aluminum, iron and titanium, composites are still coming of age, and only just now are being better understood by design and manufacturing engineers. However, composites’ physical properties — combined with unbeatable light weight — make them undeniably attractive. 
#Composites101 #camx #biomaterials