06 May 2005
06 May 2005
Rockledge Matrix Composites Inc. has been named by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company as an approved source of supply for critical composite structures on the F/A-22 Raptor programme.
This supplier contract concludes eight months of test and evaluation by both companies and positions Matrix as one of a few companies worldwide approved to manufacture resin transfer moulded carbon fibre structures and parts for the aircraft.
Matrix has been recognized by the aerospace leader as a STAR supplier for providing excellent quality products with top delivery performance.
The F/A-22 is being produced for the U.S. Air Force as the world's only fifth generation fighter aircraft. Final assembly takes place in Marietta, Georgia with Lockheed Martin, its partners and nearly 1,000 suppliers in 42 states having delivered 40 aircraft of the 83 presently on order.
Matrix Composites Incorporated has been providing quality composites since 1993 and is a proven source of precision composite structures for the aviation, medical, and space industries.
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.