25 June 2004
25 June 2004
Boeing and the Renault Formula 1 racing team signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate technology collaboration projects of mutual interest.
Under this agreement, technologists in Boeing Phantom Works, the company’s advanced research-and-development unit, and the Renault F1 Team have begun discussing possible collaboration on a number of advanced design and manufacturing technologies.
“Boeing Phantom Works has been entering into research relationships around the world as part of our effort to find new technologies and processes for improving aerospace products and services,” said Miller Adams, vice president of Boeing Technology Ventures, a unit of Phantom Works. “There are interesting similarities between the technologies required to develop Formula 1 racing cars and aerospace products.”
“Formula 1 is the ideal proving ground for leading-edge technologies, and we believe that this relationship will make a valuable contribution to meeting our performance objectives, as well as theirs,” said Bob Bell, Renault F1 Team technical director. “Within the team, we are excited at the prospect of collaborating on innovative research programs with Boeing, and look forward to exploiting the natural synergies between the aerospace industry and Formula 1.”
Ceramicx, Ireland, has completed an 1800 m2 expansion to its production facility, doubling capacity for the manufacture of infrared heating equipment for the composites industry.
Solvay has inaugurated a new centre in Wrexham, UK, for manufacturing structural adhesives and surfacing films for the aerospace market.
The new laboratory facilities of recently founded TPAC (ThermoPlastic composites Application Centre) were opened by Anka Mulder, President of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, on 14 September.