18 March 2008
18 March 2008
Stork Fokker will participate in the development and production of the Gulfstream 650 program, the new business jet program, launched in Savannah by US aircraft builder Gulfstream Aerospace.
This business jet will be the new top-end model of the very successful Gulfstream business jet family. With its ultra large cabin and ultra-long range, the G650 establishes a new price and performance point for business-jet aircraft.
Stork Fokker is responsible for the innovative design and manufacturing of the complete empennage and the manufacturing of the fuselage panels. The engineering teams of both companies collaborated closely together in Savannah, Papendrecht and Hoogeveen to incorporate the application of a new generation of composite materials in the design of the tail section. The empennage will feature advanced lightweight composite solutions involving Stork Fokker's strategic partners for certain parts of the work package. Stork Fokker will also apply the latest state-of-the-art thermoplastics know-how. For the manufacturing of the fuselage panels Stork Fokker will rely on its proven metal bonding experience.
Stork Fokker Executive Vice President Henk Valk said: ""This order means a substantial and high-value flow of work as well as pushing the technological boundaries, with all its associated spin-off benefits. This participation also means a prolongation of the good collaboration with Gulfstream which we have already enjoyed for over a decade""
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.