24 July 2006
24 July 2006
Smiths Aerospace has tied up with the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford in metallic and composite materials.
The University Technology Strategic Partnership (UTSP) has been set up with assistance and financial support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK. Research projects are currently underway between the universities and Smiths' facilities in Cheltenham, Wolverhampton, Southampton and Gloucester.
""Investment in research and technology for future aerospace programmes is vital to our industry,"" stated Dr. John Ferrie, President, Smiths Aerospace. ""Smiths has increased its commitment to technology leadership by more than doubling investment in R & D to 10 percent of annual sales. Strategic partnerships with the universities enable Smiths to invest in developing the talents of our young people, while cultivating advanced technology.""
The universities will work in conjunction with Smiths to explore potential new product directions. Research in enabling concepts and technologies will be identified and these will be jointly investigated by Smiths and the universities.
""We are excited by the opportunity to apply our composites expertise to advancing the design and manufacture of Smiths' current aerospace products, and to work together with Oxford University on future cutting edge applications of smart composites technologies,"" commented Professor Michael Wisnom, Director of the Smiths UTSP, University of Bristol.
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CRP USA will display solutions for the space industry manufactured in the Windform family of materials at Satellite Innovation 2018 at the Silicon Valley Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California, US, on 9-11 October.