What a difference a year makes

If 2020 was bad, then 2021 can only be better. CW Editor-in-Chief Jeff Sloan discusses the promising and not-so-promising industry trends leading up to 2021. 

And the winners are...

As 2020 comes to an end, CW Editor-in-Chief Jeff Sloan takes a look at the stories over the last 12 months that garnered the most attention on the CW website.

The meaning of next-generation

When the past becomes the present and the present becomes the future, the future starts looking a lot like the past. Got that?

Composites durability and an asymmetrical pandemic

Highly engineered, long-life products, like those made with composites, even if thrown off stride by a recession, have a built-in time horizon that extends beyond the timescale of the pandemic.

Picking up the pieces

The multi-generational appeal and utility of LEGOs.


Home building with composites

There’s a house being built next door. It could be using more composites.


Corvette, yesterday and today

The Corvette has changed much in 67 years, but its appeal is enduring.


CAMX 2020 Preview

Transformed into a virtual event, the latest CAMX 2020 preview describes some of the opportunities that will be available for visitors and exhibitors. 

Thinking machines

Algorithm-based artificial intelligence, once only imagined, is here. It can do a lot of good.

When — not if — to pivot

In the business and manufacturing world that CW operates in, we have heard one particular coronavirus vocabulary word very frequently: pivot.

What will the composites industry's post-pandemic future look like?

We already have the tools needed to help us craft our future, even if we do not know yet how and where those tools might be deployed.


The black swan events hitting the composites industry

From the Boeing 787 to COVID-19: When the out-of-the-ordinary becomes ordinary — and affects the manufacturing supply chain.


I have seen the future and it is coming

The last 20 years were good to composites. What does the next 20 years have in store?


To boldly go . . .

Space travel is a challenge, even if filmmakers like to make us think otherwise.


The R&D we don't see

Shedding light on unrecognized composites manufacturing innovation.


How much is that composite wing in the window?

With Spirit AeroSystems buying Bombardier’s Belfast operations, the future of composites fabrication for large commercial aerostructures starts to come into focus.


CW Top Shops: Meaningful data for composites fabricators

The amount of data produced by manufacturing facilities is increasing exponentially. CW Top Shops' inaugural benchmarking  survey helps contextualize some of that data.


What will the aerocomposites industry look like after the 787 and A350?

CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan considers the future of the aerospace composites industry as production of the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 appear ready to wind down in the next few years.

Looking ahead to CAMX 2019

Editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan looks ahead to CAMX 2019, the largest composites trade event in the largest composites market.

National Composites Week is born

National Composites Week will be held Aug. 26-30, celebrating the ways that composite materials and composites manufacturing contribute to today’s manufacturing landscape.


Bigger, better, faster, more

Editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan considers the implications of propitious aircraft OEM announcements for the aerocomposites supply chain.


A flight plan for next-gen manufacturing

If the commercial aviation industry effectively doubles in the next 20 years, as projected by the two largest aerospace manufacturing companies in the world, how can aerospace manufacturers and suppliers possibly keep up?

A hand for the next generation

CW Editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan advocates educating the next generation on all levels of future career opportunities — especially in composites.


Next-generation aerospace: shaping the supply chain landscape

The global commercial aerospace industry is at a unique time.

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