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Asco has been selected to provide frames on the new version of the A350XWB-100

News International-French

3 Jun 2016

The company signs with Airbus a long term contract for the production of hybrid complex frames to equip the center wing box structure of the A350XWB-1000 aircraft that is scheduled to enter into service mid 2017.

The frames are made out of titanium and CFRP. The combination of these two materials will allow significant improvement in weight and overall mechanical performance.

It is the first time that this type of hybrid enhanced technology is used in such application thanks to a long lasting cooperation between Airbus and Asco.

The company has been delivering large and complex machined parts to Airbus for more than 30 years and for the past 10 years, Asco has been developing new hybrid as well as entirely composite solutions for aerostructure applications.

Now, with these hybrid parts, Asco goes a step further in the integration of composites in aerostructures.

Indeed, these new frames add to Asco’s experience in the design and production of CFRP components and set a key milestone in the expansion of their experience in hybrid parts.

The complex hybrid frames will be produced in Zaventem, Belgium.

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