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DH Sutherland, TCMA sign global distribution deal

27th Jun 2020

DH Sutherland and Toray Composite Materials America (TCMA), composite materials division of Toray Industries, have signed a global distribution deal to support Boeing aftermarket aircraft, including materials qualified to Boeing's BMS8-276. The aim is to rapidly supply less than MOQ quantities of TCMA materials to commercial airlines and MRO customers.

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Strata's SSAM high-tech facility in Al Ain, ready

25th Jun 2020

Strata Manufacturing's Strata Solvay Advanced Materials (SSAM) high-tech facility in Al Ain is ready. The facility is a joint venture with Solvay. This marks beginning of Strata's diversification, with the company now becoming the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)'s first supplier of aerospace-grade pre-impregnated carbon fibres and the fourth...

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Epic Aircraft delivers first two E1000 aircraft

15th Jun 2020

Epic Aircraft, a privately held, design-driven aviation company, has delivered its first two E1000 all composite, single-engine turboprop aircraft, after the successful conclusion of its FAA Type Certification programme last year. Epic has advance E1000 deposits from customers in the US, Canada, Mexico, Central/South America, Europe, Russia and South...

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Gurit advances closure of Zullwil aerospace plant

11th Jun 2020

Switzerland-based Gurit, which specialises in the development and manufacture of advanced composite materials, composite tooling equipment and core kitting service, has advanced the closure of its Zullwil plant into 2020, several months earlier than originally planned, due to drop in demand in the global aerospace market because of the COVID-19...

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UAMMI & ElectraFly make 3D printed UAM aircraft parts

7th May 2020

The Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) and ElectraFly, an aviation company building personal flying vehicles, have recently joined hands to create 3D printed carbon fibre aircraft parts for the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market. ElectraFly makes single person, hybrid-electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) multicopters.

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UK project benefits aerospace composite tool designers

10th Apr 2020

A recently completed UK government-funded programme has demonstrated the viability of a new materials development that has the potential to bring significant time and cost savings to aerospace composite tool designers. It delivered a fully functional composite tool, demonstrating the potential for lower costs, while maintaining the highest performance.

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AEC producing composite wing skins for F-35A

11th Mar 2020

Albany Engineered Composites (AEC), subsidiary of Albany International, has got a contract with Lockheed Martin to produce composite wing skins on an automated fibre placement machine at its Salt Lake City operations. AEC is producing wing skins for the F-35A (CTOL variant) of the Lightning II fighter jet. Delivery of wing skins has begun in January.

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Collins Aerospace to set up new facility in Texas

3rd Mar 2020

Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies, plans to set up a new Landing Systems facility in Fort Worth, Texas. It will also expand its carbon brake manufacturing facility in Spokane, Washington even as expansion of the company's carbon brake manufacturing facility in Pueblo, Colorado, is underway. This involves an investment of $225...

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A330-800 gets certified from EASA and FAA

27th Feb 2020

The A330-800 has got joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The A330-800 is the most efficient longest range entry-level widebody. It incorporates new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, a new 3D-optimised wing and new Sharklets which use lighter composite materials.

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