25 July 2010
25 July 2010
Alcan Global Aerospace, Transportation and Industry (Alcan Global ATI), has launched Airware high-performance low density aluminium alloys for aircraft primary structures, in response to the recent increased use of carbon fibre.
Alcan Global ATI say that Airware represents a unique solution to the current challenges aircraft manufacturers are facing, allowing them to combine weight reduction with lower assembly and maintenance costs, and reduction of the overall environmental print.
Alcan Global ATI’s goal is to make Airware the solution of choice for major future aerospace programs. €42.5 million will be therefore invested in the production site at Issoire and the R&D centre at Voreppe, both located in France. While Issoire will be equipped with the very first industrial casthouse in the world capable to produce advanced low density alloys (aluminium-lithium), the Voreppe R&D centre’s one will focus on developing new applications.
“With Airware, we turn a new page in the aerospace industry. By offering manufacturers a solution to lighten aircraft structures, cut assembly and maintenance costs while benefiting from aluminium infinite recyclability, we are demonstrating our commitment to innovate and meet our customers’ needs”, said Christophe Villemin, Alcan Global ATI President.
“Major aircraft manufacturers have already chosen Airware for their new program: Airbus for the A350-XWB and Bombardier for the CSeries. We are particularly proud to look into the future of the aerospace industry by offering the reliability and performance of our solutions”, concluded Christophe Villemin.
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