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Mr Peter D. Dornier, CEO, Lindauer DORNIER (LD), will give a keynote titled with “The (Textile) Empire strikes back” – From airplane construction in the past to carbon fabrics for composites in the future at the 6th CFK-Valley Stade Convention in Stade, Germany, on the 12th and 13th June this year.
LD provide a summary of the keynote, “From the first large all-metal aeroplane in 1916 to the first mass-produced jet aircraft with Carbon Fibre components in its primary structure in 1973, Dornier has always been a pioneer in the usage of new materials for lightweight design. It’s unique history encompassing aircraft as well as textile and plastics machinery production enables an inspiring and visionary view into material developments of the last 100 years and beyond. Today, LD is no longer fabricating aircraft parts, but a technological market leader in weaving systems for technical textiles as well as for large biaxially oriented polyester and PP film production lines. Having been part of the Dornier group until 1985, LD delivered its first weaving machines into the carbon fibre composite industry 40 years ago at the launch of two important aero-space projects – the Dornier/Dassault ‘AlphaJet’ and the Dornier ‘AEROS’ satellite program.
Since then – and especially in the last five years – an ever increasing number of companies have entered this growing market that is mainly fuelled today by new applications of carbon fibre (CF) in the aerospace, automotive and wind energy sector. CF composites, having a strength to weight ratio more than 10 times better compared to metallic materials like steel or even aluminium, give promising prospects for the design of future lightweight structures like automobiles, trains, trucks and larger, more powerful wind turbines, helping to reduce CO2 emissions. The use of the corrosion free CF to replace steel armouring in new concrete structures, as well as in the repair of heritage buildings, could open up a large new market for textile reinforcement products in the building industry.
Since the number of ‘players’ producing CF has doubled in the last five years, a significant reduction of fibre prices is anticipated over the next decade. Especially the entry of oil- and sun-rich countries in the Gulf area into this field will enable to produce ‘green’ CF using solar-power and converting the crude oil into a value added product of high macro-economic impact at very competitive terms. Renewable-energy powered, Carbon Fiber based economies provide a unique engineering-driven vision for the coming years to stretch the availability of worlds crude oil resources, gaining more time for the development of a non-oil-based chemical industry.”
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