20 May 2011
20 May 2011
The first delivery of the new B747-8 Intercontinental aircraft to Boeing’s launch commercial customer will incorporate a series of structural lightweight composite flooring plinths for the first class seating area, which have been specially designed and produced by UK’s Tods Aerospace.
The contract for the seating plinths has been placed by B/E Aerospace Super First Class and builds on an on-going partnership between B/E and Tods following the successful design and build of plinths for United and Cathay Pacific seating programmes.
On announcing the contract Colin Faulkner, Tods Aerospace Limited Business Development Manager said: “Tods have developed a professional working relationship with B/E Aerospace, who are one of the world’s leading manufacturers of aircraft seating. Each new type of aircraft launch requires even more design creativity and higher structural standards to meet premium class travellers’ cabin seating expectations. With the new B747-8i the seating is even more sophisticated and the design specification for the flooring plinth has been very complex.”
Tods Aerospace is also cooperating with B/E Aerospace for seating plinths and flooring structures for the refit of 57 A330 and A340 aircraft.
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.