Thu 25, Jan 2018
Thermoplastic composites are making their mark in aerospace and defense industry by replacing competing materials like thermoset composites. The material which is lightweight, strong and cost-effective to manufacture, is less subject to many of the production environment constraints with thermoset composite materials – such as limited shelf-life, the necessity for cold storage, and requirements for clean room conditions during manufacturing.
In the latest development, Daher which is one of the leading players in thermoplastic composites market, has won it’s first ever Boeing production contract to supply thermoplastic composite structural parts for the Boeing 787 airplanes.
According to the company, the deliveries and installation of these elementary structural parts will begin in 2018 under terms of Daher’s multi-year contract, replacing existing 787 airplane components currently manufactured using the more traditional thermoset composite materials that have been employed by the aviation industry for 30-plus years.
In supplying the new parts, Daher will apply its demonstrated experience in thermoplastic composites – with a wide variety of aircraft components produced by the company since 2010. This expertise has enabled Daher to master the production techniques for thermoplastic composites and use its leadership in automation and robotics to optimize manufacturing processes.
Nicolas Orance, SVP Aerospace & Defense Business unit said, “Daher is pleased to begin our Boeing relationship with thermoplastic composite technology, which holds significant promise in further driving down the aviation industry’s costs of manufacturing aerostructures.”
“We are fully committed to meeting Boeing’s expectations on this initial work package and are ready to explore other opportunities that will bring additional manufacturing cost reductions”, adds Armelle de Larminat, Head of Business Development Americas area.
According to a latest report from Stratview Research, the global Aerospace & Defense thermoplastic composites market is expected to reach an estimated value of US$ 636 million in 2023. Increasing commercial and regional aircraft deliveries, increasing demand for advanced composites in the structural applications of aircraft, increasing production rates of composites rich aircraft (B787 and A350XWB), increasing demand for thermoplastic composites to fabricate structural and interior parts, and superior benefits of thermoplastic composites including recyclability and reduction in parts count are the key factors that are proliferating the demand for thermoplastic composites in the aerospace & defense industry. The report sites Daher as one of the top five players in the thermoplastic composites market in aerospace and defense industry.
News Source: Daher
Image Source: Boeing