Airborne

A technology leader in advanced composites, specialized in durable fiber-reinforced composites for space, aeronautics and marine. With 20 years' heritage, the company provides high-end composite solutions either directly, through advanced manufacturing of components, or by developing industrialization packages.

Laan van Ypenburg 70
The Hague, 2497 GB NL

Additional Locations:
Membury Airfield Lambourn
Berks, RG17 7TJ GB
+44 148 8722 24

Laan van Ypenburg 42
The Hague, 2497GB NL
+31 70 3017400

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Girona, 17003 ES
+34 972183283

Airbase Woensdrecht Kooiweg 40, Building 102
Hoogerheide, 4631 SZ NL
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Airborne, NCC to develop AFP data warehouse architecture
Using the National Composites Centre’s Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) machine, the project will develop a data warehouse to connect automation with digitalization and enable Industry 4.0.

Airborne launches composite printing portal
The first application of the portal is for thermoset laminates manufactured in prepreg material by Airborne’s Automated Laminating Cell (ALC) technology.

Increasing access to AFP
Addcomposites is democratizing composites manufacturing by leasing a low-cost toolhead that turns any robot into an automated fiber placement machine.

High-speed, high-rate thermoplastic composites manufacturing
A novel process from SABIC and Airborne promises high-speed, high-rate production of thermoplastic composite laminates for mainstream manufacturing and a variety of applications.

Evolving into continuous fiber reinforcements
SABIC expanded its materials offerings in short-fiber injection and long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT) materials to include continuous-fiber thermoplastic tapes.

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CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: Airborne
A new online digital portal for composites laminates will be introduced by Airborne at CAMX.

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Airborne Oil & Gas, SÍMEROS qualify deepwater TCP Risers in Brazil
The thermoplastic composite pipe riser for deepsea oil and gas applications will be the first qualified in Brazil.

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SABIC's innovations of scale
SABIC at JEC World 2019 offered a virtual reality-based peek at its new Digital Composites Manufacturing line — a collaboration with Airborne aimed at automated, large scale laminate production of thermoplastic composite parts.

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Solvay and Airborne to partner on developing automated processing for composite materials
The partnership aims to identify solutions to the industrialization challenges facing the composites industry.

Cetim QSD design process for tailored blanks and parts using thermoplastic composite tapes and organosheet

Design engineering of tailored preforms
Tailored preforming has opened new doors in composites fabrication, but designing for it requires tools that understand and work with this complex process.

SABIC UDMAX thermoplastic tape, JEC World 2019

JEC World 2019 preview: SABIC
SABIC (Pittsfield, Mass., U.S., 6/P12) is highlighting the progress of its Digital Composites Manufacturing line, an automated digital systems for rapid, large-scale laminate manufacturing, via a 360-degree virtual reality experience.

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JEC World 2019 preview: Airborne
Airborne (The Hague, Netherlands) will showcase its Digital Client Portal at its JEC World 2019 booth, Stand R11, Hall 6.

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Airborne develops composite structures for European small launcher program
Airborne has completed its contribution to the European Commission Horizon 2020 project called SMall Innovative Launcher for Europe (SMILE). 

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Composites Europe notes process chain cooperations are accelerating composites industry growth
Composites Europe this year highlighted the coordinated processing and production processes being developed in the marketplace.

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GKN Fokker to implement automated kitting solution from Airborne
The automated kitting solution is said to reduce costs by saving man-hours and material scrap, and it enabling a flexible and digital workflow.

thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP)

Airborne Oil & Gas to supply TCP for vessel-to-shore concrete operations
Thermoplastic composite pipe will be used by OSL Concrete to pump ready-mix concrete from vessel-based operations to land construction sites.

CW Talks: Highly automated thermoplastic laminate production
The latest episode of CW Talks: The Composites Podcast, explores the collaborative development of a new thermoplastic laminate by SABIC, Airborne and Siemens.

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Episode 17: Gino Francato, Sabic; Arno van Mourik, Airborne; John O'Connor, Siemens
Business leaders at Sabic, Airborne and Siemens discuss a collaboration by the three companies to develop the UDMAX thermoplastic laminate manufacturing system.

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Technology Park Ypenburg program launches
Ambition Technology Park Ypenburg to become the regional and international magnet for the high-tech materials manufacturing industry.  

Airborne, Siemens, SABIC partner for TPC mass production
Having acquired Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics B.V. (FRT, Lelystad, Netherlands) in 2016, SABIC was looking for a partner to produce large quantities of thermoplastic composite parts (using its UDMAX tapes, of course) at a radically lower cost. “We have been doing this type of work for a variety of industries,” says Arno van Mourik, founder and director of Airborne (The Hague, The Netherlands). His company is the leading manufacturer of thermoplastic composite pipe for oil and gas. “We have developed software and an industrialized process that now produces 40-50 tonnes of continuous product in one go without touch labor.” In 2015, Airborne built the Digital Factory Composites Field Lab with partners Siemens (Plano, TX, US) and KUKA Robotics (Augsburg, Germany) to pursue digitalization of composites processes.

Thermoplastic composites: Past the tipping point?
The manufacturing world watched a decade ago as automatically placed thermoset composite tapes replaced aluminum in commercial airframes and made composites a household word in markets around the world. Has the time come for thermoplastic composite tapes to make a similar impact?

Product Categories of Airborne

Materials
  • Matrix resins, thermoset
    • Epoxy
      • Epoxy, 250 F cure
      • Epoxy, 350 F cure
      • Epoxy, toughened
Fabricating services
  • Thermoplastic materials
    • Fiber placement
    • Filament winding
    • Prototyping
  • Thermoset materials
    • Adhesive bonding
    • Autoclave cure
    • Cutting, finishing, and machining
    • Fiber placement
    • Filament winding
    • Hand layup
    • Honeycomb structures
    • Moldmaking and patternmaking
    • Prototyping
    • Resin transfer molding (RTM)
    • Structural reaction injection molding (SRIM)
    • Vacuum forming
    • Vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM)
Composite Structures & Components
  • Aerospace, fuselage/wing
  • Aerospace, radomes
  • Armor, composite
  • Carbon/carbon composites
  • Flywheels, composite
  • Marine, other
  • Pressure vessels
  • Other composite structures
Design, testing, consulting, other services
  • Consulting
    • Consulting, materials
    • Consulting, process development
    • Consulting, structual design