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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.

Marine

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.

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.

RTM

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%.

Aerospace

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.

Aerospace

Airbus, Québec government become sole owners of A220 program

Bombardier exits the commercial aircraft manufacturing business. Airbus owns 75% of the A220 program; Government of Québec owns 25%.

Mass Transit

JEC announces finalists for 2020 Innovation Awards

JEC Group has announced its JEC Innovation Awards finalists, 33 total from 11 categories. Winners will be announced at JEC World 2020 on March 4.

Aerospace

Spirit AeroSystems announces 737 MAX production agreement with Boeing

Under the agreement, Spirit will restart production slowly, ramping up to reach a total of 216 MAX shipsets delivered to Boeing in 2020.

Aerospace

Spirit AeroSystems initiates workforce reductions due to 737 MAX production suspension

Layoffs affecting 2,800 employees have been issued at the Wichita facility, due to ongoing production suspension and expected lower production going forward.

Aerospace

Aerion Supersonic selects Potez Aéronautique as AS2 supplier

Aerostructures supplier Potez Aéronautique will design the doors of the AS2 supersonic business jet.

Aerospace

The markets: Aerospace (2020)

With the 737 MAX grounded, the global aerospace supply chain was thrown into disarray in 2019. Still, several new programs on the horizon portend increasing composites use in commercial aerostructures for coming decades.

Thermoplastics

Top 10 CW news from the 2010s

From 2010-2019, here are CompositesWorld’s most viewed composites industry news from the decade.

Additive Manufacturing

CW's top 10 articles of 2019

It’s time to reflect upon the trends and innovations seen in the composites industry over the past year and contemplate what might be ahead in 2020.

RTM

Top composites news stories of 2019

The top 10 most viewed composites news stories of 2019.

Aerospace

Spirit AeroSystems suspends Boeing 737 MAX production

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, Spirit AeroSystems is suspending production of 737 MAX components pending Boeing’s resumed production timetable.

Aerospace

Aerion Supersonic, Safran partner for AS2

Safran companies will design the engine nacelles, braking system and landing gear systems for the AS2 supersonic business jet.

Aerospace

Albany Engineered Composites to work on Wing of Tomorrow program

Albany has signed a two-year agreement with Airbus to apply its 3D reinforced composites technology to next-generation wing substructure applications.

Aerospace

People in Composites: November 2019

Albany Engineered Composites, GKN Aerospace, Michelman and Sirrus Inc. announce new hires in the composites manufacturing industry.

Aerospace

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.