11 August 2007
11 August 2007
SGL’s subsidiary, Hitco Carbon Composites has entered into a contract with Kawasaki Heavy Industries to become a supplier of composite floor beams for an aircraft fuselage section of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The composite floor beams will be produced using Hitco’s recently acquired Automated Tape Lay-up machine.
Edward Carson, Hitco’s Chief Operating Officer stated: “Composites are finally being recognized for their superior properties in the aerospace industry. Hitco’s enhanced capabilities enable us to become the best Tier II supplier in the aerospace industry”. The Company is adding state-of-the-art equipment such as its new Cincinnati Charger Automated Tape Lay-up machine, and the new Viper 6000 Automated FibrePlacement machine. To accommodate even more automated production equipment, Hitco is also modernizing and upgrading its production facilities. “We seek long-term production ‘carve-out’ contracts that will continue Hitco’s role as a leader in the composite manufacturing industry”, stated Carson.
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.