People in Composites: March 2020

ACMA, KraussMaffei, FACC, LANXESS, and UAMMI announce new hires in the composites industry.


Rolls-Royce honors FACC with Best Practice Award

The Austrian aerospace group has been a partner of Rolls-Royce for more than 20 years.


FACC receives CAAC Part-145 maintenance certification

With CCAC certification, FACC can now offer its maintenance, repair and modification services to Chinese airlines.  


Irkut Corp. completes construction of fourth MS-21-300 flight test aircraft

Russian jetliner with OOA infused wing steps nearer to certification. See CW’s historical timeline of the MS-21.


FACC receives FAA STC approval for its Passenger Luggage Space Upgrade

U.S. airlines can retrofit A320 family aircraft with modified storage compartments said to enable 67% more storage space at reduced weight.


FACC secures three-digit million order from Bombardier

FACC will produce composites-intensive thrust reverser trans cowl components for the A320neo aircraft family, part of its first collaboration with Bombardier Belfast.


Collins Aerospace extends supply contract with FACC

FACC manufactures carbon fiber composite thrust reverser translating sleeves for engine nacelles on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350.


FACC to manufacture radomes for Airbus A220

FACC will start delivery of the radomes in 2020 and will manufacture them for the Airbus A220 under a life-of-program contract.


FACC enters into cooperation with MRO distributor STAECO

In China, STAECO will take over the distribution of FACC's entire aftermarket services portfolio in the field of commercial aviation.


FACC to manufacture aircraft radomes for Bombardier

The life of program contract includes radomes for Bombardier’s Challenger and Global business jet families.


DLR tests flexible and actively-controlled wing designs

Carbon and glass fiber aeroelastic and flutter wing concepts tested as part of multi-partner FLEXOP project.


Automated, in-situ inspection a necessity for next-gen aerospace

Inline inspection technologies continue to evolve with the aim of providing faster and more accurate part inspection.


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.


FACC to open composites facility in Croatia

The facility will build composite cabin components for commercial and business aircraft.


Opportunities, challenges for composites in future aircraft

As the commercial aerospace sector prepares for a new round of major program launches, the question of where and how composites will be applied weighs heavily on the supply chain.


FACC recognizes top-performing suppliers

Top winners of FACC’s annual Supplier Awards include autoclave and composites manufacturers.


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.


FACC receives STC approval for its Passenger Luggage Space Upgrade program

The glass fiber-reinforced composite overhead stowage bins are said to increase space while reducing weight by up to 67 percent.


FACC enters strategic cooperation with Proponent

Proponent will assist FACC in marketing and selling its MRO services and product innovations for aircraft upgrades and modifications.

Carbon Fibers

FACC delivers 1000th outer flaps shipset for Airbus A321

The outer flaps of the Airbus A321 are manufactured from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP).


FACC joins aerospace industry association SPACE

FACC will collaborate with SPACE in order to prepare the downstream supply chain of the aerospace industry for more stringent requirements associated with growth.


Automated Preforming, Part 7: Fill Gesellschaft

Fill automates preforming for 1-min cycle time overmolded thermoplastic automotive parts but supplies automation throughout aero- and autocomposites process chains.


FACC awarded inspection robot research project

The project aims to develop a new generation of inspection robots, which will be used for a vast range of inspection tasks — without programming effort.


Infused wing sheds light on aerocomposites future

In the Irkut MS-21 infused and co-cured wings, the aerocomposites industry gets a glimpse of how out-of-autoclave technologies might be applied to primary aircraft structures.