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Defense

Spirit AeroSystems Belfast advances LANCA project concept with resin transfer infusion

Spirit AeroSystems Belfast, Northrop Grumman and Intrepid Minds support further development of the Royal Air Force’s unmanned Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA). 

Defense

Spirit AeroSystems to lead MOSQUITO uncrewed fighter development

U.K. government awards £30-million, three-year contract to design and manufacture a prototype supporting more than 100 jobs in Belfast.

Aerospace

Boeing conducts inspections of 787 composite inner fuselage skin

Boeing reports that it is checking the flatness of inner fuselage skins on all undelivered 787s to verify structural integrity.

Aerospace

Spirit AeroSystems reports third quarter earnings

Although Spirit’s revenues declined 58% in the quarter compared to third quarter 2019, CEO Tom Gentile says the company anticipates steady growth going forward as the 737 MAX returns to service.

Defense

WSU-NIAR awarded $13.5 million for high-speed missile materials research

Partnership with Spirit AeroSystems will develop manufacturing processes and material characterization for advanced composites for future thermal protection systems.

Spirit AeroSystems completes Bombardier acquisition

Spirit pays $865 million for Bombardier’s Belfast, Northern Ireland, plant, plus others. The Belfast facility fabricates the infused composite wings for the Airbus A220 single-aisle aircraft.

Spirit, Bombardier renegotiate terms of Bombardier Belfast sale

Spirit AeroSystems agreed last year to acquire Bombardier’s Belfast plant, which makes the composite wings for the Airbus A220. The COVID-19 pandemic compelled both sides to re-evaluate the value of the transaction. 

Epoxies

Episode 34: Carmelo Lo Faro, Solvay Composite Materials

Carmelo Lo Faro, president of Solvay Composite Materials, talks about how he sees aerocomposites evolving in the time of COVID-19, the rise of computational power to evolve composites use, the prospects for increased composites use in the automotive market, and the increasing importance of education in the composites industry.

RTM

Teijin Ltd. Tenax carbon fiber qualified for Airbus A320neo

Tenax dry reinforcements non-crimp fabrics and braided fibers will form the skins and stiffeners via automated RTM.

Aerospace

Aerion Supersonic, Spirit AeroSystems expand composites agreement

Spirit will expand its work on the composite forward, pressurized fuselage for the AS2 supersonic business jet, leading to full-rate production in 2023.

Cutting/Kitting

High-rate, automated aerospace RTM line delivers next-gen spoilers

At Spirit AeroSystem’s Prestwick facility in Scotland, a glimpse of the future of aerocomposites manufacturing in a resin transfer molding line for A320 spoilers.

Aerospace

Reading tea leaves: The outlook for aerospace

The coronavirus pandemic promises to wreak havoc on the aerospace composites supply chain, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about how a post-pandemic commercial aerospace market will evolve.

Aerospace

Spirit AeroSystems pauses work on 20 737 MAX shipsets

The move was made following a request from Boeing that Spirit pause additional work on four 737 MAX shipsets and avoid starting production on 16 737 MAX shipsets to be delivered in 2020.

Aerospace

Boeing pauses 737 MAX delivery and production

Spirit notes that it will take determine a definitive plan with Beoing for the 737 MAX. 

Defense

Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus

Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.

Aerospace

Spirit AeroSystems to power Wichita facility with wind energy

The company’s 12.8 million-square-foot aerospace manufacturing facility will be converted to Kansas wind-generated electricity.

Aerospace

Spirit AeroSystems announces new cost-reduction measures in light of coronavirus

Measures taken include an extended suspension of production for Boeing aircraft and workforce reductions.

Aerospace

Boeing suspends Puget Sound production operations in response to coronavirus

Beginning March 25, production operations in the Puget Sound area of Washington, U.S. are suspended until further notice.

Aerospace

Spirit AeroSystems suspends Boeing production work

The announcement follows Boeing’s temporary suspension of Puget Sound production activity due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Aerospace

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.

Defense

Spirit AeroSystems acquires Fiber Materials Inc.

FMI is an industry-leading technology company specializing in high-temperature materials and composites for defense.

RTM

Spirit AeroSystems opens new spoiler manufacturing facility

The Scotland-based facility will use advanced composites technology for high-volume production of spoilers for the Airbus A320 aircraft family.

Compression Molding

DC dielectric sensors for industrial composites production

Synthesites in situ process monitoring enables cure decisions based on real-time Tg evaluation that can reduce cure cycles by up to 50%.

Carbon Fibers

SAERTEX extends carbon fiber contract with Bombardier

SAERTEX supplies textile reinforcement materials and carbon fiber noncrimp fabrics, with which Bombardier produces wingskins for the Airbus A220 aircraft at its Belfast facility.

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