Albany International has Announced Collaboration Agreement with Airbus for the Application of 3D Reinforced Composites Technology
Albany has announced that its subsidiary, Albany Engineered Composites (AEC), has signed a Collaborative Research Agreement of two years with Airbus on the Wing of Tomorrow program for the application of 3D reinforced composites technology to next-generation wing substructure applications.
The 3D composite technology of Albany will be adapted to the unique requirements of the next generation airframe and production system of Airbus. Albany believes its innovative resin-infused dry 3D fiber preform technology will deliver a cost-effective, out-of-autoclave wing substructure solution to Airbus that achieves superior damage tolerance and resistance to out-of-plane loads, and is more scalable to their desired production rates for next-generation single-aisle aircraft.
“We are very pleased to collaborate with Airbus to apply our 3D design and manufacturing know-how to their next generation aircraft”, said Olivier Jarrault, Albany International President and CEO. “We believe Albany provides unique design and production capabilities to Airbus, and this agreement marks an exciting and important next step in our relationship.”
Preforms offer lot of advantages such as development of complex parts, excellent product strength and shortened cycle time. This has led to their increased application, especially in aerospace and automotive industries. According to Stratview Research, the composite preforms market is expected to top $350 million in 2023.
News Source: Business Wire
Market Estimate: Stratview Research
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