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When TRB was started in 1952, its founder George Newell already had more than a decade of experience working with innovative materials to build aeroplanes. He helped pioneer the use of wooden sandwich construction with a balsa core which was used to build several well-known aeroplanes. During this time he experimented with flax-based prepreg, something in use again today, and he co-developed an adhesive called Redux®.
Redux® fundamentally changed the aerospace industry, allowing wing and fuselage panels to be stronger and lighter than a riveted structure. It also made possible early composite structures, joining aluminium to wood.
A half-century later we still use Redux®, and we are still experimenting. Our goal remains to decrease the weight and improve the performance of all kinds of structures.
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5th June 2019 0 comments
TRB Lightweight Structures has worked closely with international high technology company Safran to create luxury ‘Skyroom suites’ for Singapore Airlines. Available on board five new Airbus A380 passenger aircraft, these private suites were commissioned to celebrate the airline’s 70th birthday, and feature over 100 different phenolic panels manufactured by TRB.
13th December 2018 0 comments
TRB Lightweight Structures has recently gained the highest DIN 6701 (Parts 1-4) A1 type certification.
19th June 2018 0 comments
TRB Lightweight Structures has developed a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) sandwich panel door leaf using a bio-based resin and a 100% recycled foam core.
8th March 2016 0 comments
TRB Lightweight Structures and Seisenbacher have created a strategic partnership to better serve UK and European train builders with a full suite of interior products.