New Airbus consortium established at the National Composite Center

Airbus will work through the National Composite Center in Ohio to develop a research and development consortium of Ohio aerospace supplier, incubators and universities to develop next-generation products for use in new Airbus aircraft.

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor, and Lisa Novelli, president of the National Composite Center (NCC, Dayton, Ohio) on Jan. 19 announced the establishment of a new aerospace R&D consortium at NCC. The five-year agreement, announced at the NCC site, is aimed at strengthening Ohio’s aerospace industry statewide. Airbus is working through the NCC to develop an R&D network of Ohio aerospace suppliers, incubators and universities to develop next-generation products for use in Airbus’ new aircraft fleet. The agreement gives Airbus a long-term presence in Ohio manufacturing and research and is the result of an effort between Brown’s office and Airbus Americas to foster increased business between the company and Ohio aerospace suppliers. Participating Ohio businesses will receive technical and financial support as they develop and demonstrate new technologies that can produce high-tech parts for Airbus. This supply chain is expected to create and support jobs at Ohio manufacturers and expand R&D opportunities at Ohio colleges and universities.

“This is about creating jobs by making Ohio Airbus’ home in the U.S.,” said Brown (pictured in photo). “This new agreement builds on Airbus’ commitment to our state, gives Ohio companies new opportunities to develop cutting-edge aerospace materials, and sends Ohio-born next-generation technologies to market worldwide.”

“Airbus is proud and excited to be a partner with the NCC and Ohio as we work together to develop the composite technology for the next generation of aircraft,” said McArtor, adding that “Airbus’ intent is to double its procurement spend in the U.S. over the next few years, and we already have a growing and thriving partnership. I predict even more great things in the future.”
In the consortium’s first effort, seven Ohio companies and incubators will develop and commercialize new technologies in nanomaterials and carbon fibers for Airbus. The latter has already committed to a $1 million (USD) deal with NCC, the consortium manager, and can issue additional purchase orders over the five-year period of the agreement.

Ohio participants in the consortium include Angstron Materials (Dayton), GrafTech International (Parma), NanoSperse LLC (Kettering), Renegade Materials (Miamisburg), Zyvex Performance Materials Corp. (Columbus), NCC and the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI).


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