24 June 2007
24 June 2007
Teams from Aerospace Valley, based in Toulouse (France), FAC of Farnborough (UK) and Hanse Aerospace of Hamburg (Germany) have agreed a collaborative venture to respond to the current and future global demand for composite design and manufacturing capacity.
The objectives of the collaboration between the three bodies are to identify and define the available capacity in France, Germany and the UK, to pursue funding opportunities to develop composite technologies (specifically in the areas of new design approaches, low cost tooling, manufacturing processes and environmentally compliant disposal technologies) and to develop the skills and processes that would be essential to exploit the investment in technology and to meet the demands of the global aerospace industry.
It is intended that the the initial plan will be implemented by September 2007.
Commenting on the agreement, Francois Jouaillec of Aerospace Valley said, “The development of composite components and tooling is paramount in all organisations. Co-operation will ensure that businesses in the three countries will be able to keep pace with world wide demand and ultimately be more competitive within all global market places.”
Ralph-G Matzen of Hanse Aerospace added, “I see this agreement with Aerospace Valley and FAC as generating real results for all members companies, which will also benefit the wider European supply chain. The strategic agreement will assist us with monitoring of raw material supply and ultimately keep down costs.”
Finally Ross Bradley of FAC, “The aviation industry is critical both strategically and economically to the future of Europe. The engineering and scientific resources available to us must be maximised to ensure we not only retain the European share of this global market but strive to grow it as well. This agreement today is a great start in achieving this.”
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.