19 November 2004
19 November 2004
CTL have also been selected by BAE SYSTEMS (Aerostructures) to carry out a 2-year programme of Aircraft Component Part Qualification for the civil aerospace industry.
CTL carries out accredited testing for the European advanced composites industry, from its base in Galway, Ireland.
The Part Qualification of civil aircraft components requires full mechanical, physico-chemical and fractographic analyses of structural and non-structural composite wing components for both existing and new civil aircraft projects.
Paul O'Neill, Senior Materials & Processes Engineer at BAE SYSTEMS (Aerostructures), said that ""CTL were selected from a list of established international companies for the contract and have been successful in meeting the demanding timescales and deliverables of this major programme of work since it began in November 2002"".
""BAE SYSTEMS (Aerostructures) hopes to further develop the relationship to 'preferred supplier' status to CTL for all composite material testing requirements in the future."", said Paul O'Neill.
CTL Managing Director, Dr. Conchúr Ó Brádaigh, said that ""it is very important for CTL to have won such a prestigious testing contract from one of the leading aerospace companies in the world, especially since it was achieved in the face of strong international competition"".
Dr. Ó Brádaigh was speaking at the company's Open Day in Spiddal, where customers from Britain, Germany, Denmark and the United States had travelled to view CTL's new testing facilities and to meet with staff. This the second major testing contract that CTL have won in the last three months, having been awarded a major testing contract from the European Space Agency in May of this year.
Speaking at the Open Day, Mr. John Lowery, Údarás na Gaeltachta Deputy Chief Executive with responsibility for Industrial Development, said that Údarás was pleased to be associated with a company of the calibre of CTL Tástáil Teoranta. ""In these times of intense competition for business and in an environment of pressure on Irish competitiveness, this new contract demonstrates that the delivery of quality services using high skills is still sought after""
""Údarás na Gaeltachta recognises the need to bridge the gap between traditional industry and new-age or knowledge-based industry, and has set its sights on bridging that gap through comprehensive programmes of training and education, infrastructural initiatives and co-operation with third-level institutes"", said Mr. Lowery.
""CTL Tástáil Teoranta is an example of what can be achieved by indigenous companies through the provision of high quality service delivery and investment in training and education"", he concluded.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.