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Automated aerocomposites production: Liquid molding or welded thermoplastic?
Two materials and process approaches are demonstrated for CFRP bulkhead production.
Update: Lower wing skin, Wing of Tomorrow
Airbus is evaluating several advanced composites technologies as part of its Wing of Tomorrow program. Among these is liquid resin infusion of the lower wing skin, being developed by Spirit AeroSystems.
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.
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.
Spirit AeroSystems receives $80 million Defense Production Act Title III funding
The funding, in national response to COVID-19, will support and expand Spirit’s production capabilities for composites and metallic fabrication.
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.
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.
Boeing pauses 737 MAX delivery and production
Spirit notes that it will take determine a definitive plan with Beoing for the 737 MAX.
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.
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.
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.
Spirit AeroSystems suspends Boeing production work
The announcement follows Boeing’s temporary suspension of Puget Sound production activity due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Spirit AeroSystems acquires Fiber Materials Inc.
FMI is an industry-leading technology company specializing in high-temperature materials and composites for defense.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top composites news stories of 2019
The top 10 most viewed composites news stories of 2019.
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.
ACMA hosts third transportation and defense policy fly-in
Forty ACMA members met with nearly 100 members of Congress and staff to advance legislation enabling composites usage in the aerospace and automotive sectors.