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Lilium, Toray sign deal on composite supply for Jet

Jul '20
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Pic: Lilium
Lilium, a German aerospace company developing the all-electric Lilium Jet, and Toray Industries, manufacturer of carbon fibre, have signed a deal for the supply of high- performance carbon fibre composite. The Lilium Jet is a five-seater, emissions-free aircraft that can take off and land vertically. All its primary structures will be made from carbon fibre.

The Lilium Jet is designed to provide high-speed regional connections of up to 300km in under 60 minutes. The aircraft’s primary structures, such as the fuselage, wings and flaps will all be made from carbon fibre.

Toray Industries is recognised as a global leader in aerospace materials and their carbon fibre products played a critical role in the success of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. “Securing this supply agreement marks an important step in the maturity of our supply chain and in our preparations for serial production,” commented Daniel Wiegand, co-founder and CEO at Lilium.

In the first instance, the material will be supplied directly to Lilium for use in the production of further technology demonstrators, before being delivered directly to suppliers who will manufacture parts for prototypes and serial production.

The agreement also paves the way for further collaboration between the two companies, both in the provision of other high-performance materials and the establishment of research and development partnerships.

Commenting on the partnership, Yves Yemsi, chief programme officer, Lilium said: “Toray’s wealth of experience in the world of high-performance carbon fibres and composite materials speaks for itself and we’re proud to be counted amongst the aerospace companies they supply.

“We look forward to developing a close collaboration with Toray in the years ahead and to building a resilient and agile supply chain for the Lilium Jet, together with other well-established and reliable aerospace suppliers across different fields of technology,” Yemsi added.

Discussing the partnership, Minoru Yoshinaga, Toray Senior vice president, general manager of Torayca and Composites Division, said: “We are pleased to be selected as a partner by Lilium, one of the most promising companies in this emerging market sector. “We look forward to working with Lilium to solve the environmental issues in urban areas, contributing by the power of materials.”

Lilium’s vision of air mobility encompasses a network of vertiports spread across an entire region, providing high-speed, point-to-point routes. Each additional vertiport added to the network would connect directly with all others within a 300km radius, leading to a fast scaling network that can provide regional connectivity at a fraction of the cost of traditional infrastructure such as high-speed trains. Lilium expects commercial operations to commence in 2025.

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