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

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Berks, RG17 7TJ GB
+44 148 8722 24

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

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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.

Technology Park Ypenburg

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?

JEC World 2018 crowded aisle.

JEC World 2018: The highlights
JEC World is the composites industry’s largest trade show and did not disappoint this year.

Airborne to manufacture solar array panels for Galileo satellites
Airborne Aerospace has been awarded a contract to manufacture substrate panels for the solar arrays of 12 new Galileo FOC satellites.

Automated Honeycomb Potting machine

Airborne announces composites manufacturing partnerships
At JEC World 2018 Airborne unveiled numerous business partnership plans for automated honeycomb potting and cutting/kitting solutions.

Voith Composites automated composites production for Audi A8 rear wall

Automation, automotive, recycling and more from JEC World 2018
Mass production of automotive composites, recycling and composites in shipbuilding are just some of the themes from this year’s JEC.

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Five highlights from JEC World 2018
It’s not Spring without a trip to Paris, France for the JEC World 2018 composites conference. It’s become a very big show, and thus, offers some big announcements and some developing trends.

Airborne SABIC Siemens partnership to mass produce thermoplastic composites parts

Airborne, Siemens and SABIC partner to mass produce thermoplastic composites
Flexible, automated production lines, featuring radically low conversion costs, aimed at millions of parts/yr — CW’s interview with all three companies.

Airborne Oil & Gas thermoplastic composite pipe

Airborne gains oil and gas partner
On December 4, 2017, Airborne Oil & Gas (AOG, IJmuiden, Netherlands), the leading manufacturer of thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) for oil and gas applications, announced the latest addition to its shareholder base: Subsea 7.

Automated manufacturing solutions from Airborne
I had the chance recently to interview Marcus Kremers, chief technology officer of Airborne International (The Hague, Netherlands), who told me about his company’s growing smart automation initiatives for its customers.

Airborne automated cutting and kitting solution

Airborne introduces automated kitting solutions
At AIRTEC 2017,  the aerospace supply chain trade show held October 24-26 in Munich, Germany,  composites specialist Airborne (The Hague, Netherlands) presented the latest developments on its Automated Kitting Solutions.

Airborne and Marubeni‐Itochu Steel to collaborate
Airborne Oil & Gas BV (IJmuiden, Netherlands) and Marubeni-Itochu Steel Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) have signed a worldwide distribution agreement for the promotion and sale of Airborne’s Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP) products. 

People on the move: July 2017 
Here is this month’s people on the move news in the composites industry.

Airborne, TenCate sign satellite solar arrays agreement
Airborne will use TenCate thermoset prepregs to make substrate panels for the Advanced Rigid Array (ARA) Mk4 solar array system for satellites.

Sabic invests in Airborne International
With the new investment, Airborne will implement the digital infrastructure that will serve as a backbone for thermoplastic composite automation technologies.

Shell awards Airborne contract for deepwater subsea TCP jumper spool qualification
The qualification program will be performed at the Airborne Oil & Gas manufacturing facility in IJmuiden, The Netherlands and will be completed by summer 2017.

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