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Daher joins thermoplastic composites research laboratory TPRC

News International-French

4 Mar 2014

The company will collaborate with other aerospace companies and the University of Twente to foster research and accelerate scientific and technological developments for applications of thermoplastic composites in the aerospace industry.

Daher, a tier-1 supplier to high-technology industries, and the ThermoPlastic composites Research Center (TPRC) in Enschede (The Netherlands) have entered into a long term partnership to share and collaborate in the development of thermoplastic technologies for aerospace applications.

“We have been investing in thermoplastic composites research and development for many years, and we delivered several thousand thermoplastic composites parts in 2013 to five major aircraft programs,” said Stéphane Mayer, President & CEO of Daher-Socata. “Today we are pleased to join the founding members of the TPRC - Boeing, Fokker, TenCate and the University of Twente - and we look forward to collaborate with all partners on innovative research programs.”

Daher at the forefront of innovation
Daher-Socata, the Aerospace & Defence division, has consolidated both its status as a tier 1 equipment supplier and aircraft manufacturer in the Aerospace industry. The company has created a range of products and services which combine its expertise in aircraft building and aerostructures manufacturing, as well as industrial and logistics services. All these activities are supported by expertise in cutting-edge technology.

Closely involved in the development and use of composite materials, the company is in particular a specialist in injection (RTM) and infusion (LRI) processes, thermoplastics, automated drape-forming and out-of-autoclave processes. The company is strongly committed to the development of thermoplastic composite aerostructures with a dedicated factory in Nantes (France) and a continued effort in Research & Technologies. Daher-Socata is involved in the TPRC, the Thermoplastic Composite Research Center, to accelerate this development in a collaborative and international spirit.

TPRC leading research in thermoplastic composites
TPRC, the ThermoPlastic composite Research Center is a not-for-profit organisation that performs research under the guidance of its industrial members who share the goal of increasing the market for thermoplastic composites and who are able to define, together with their peers, which research is needed and how to translate the results into their products. Since the opening of its laboratory in 2012, TPRC has steadily grown its activities in aerospace and more recently in automotive as well. TPRC strives to cooperate with current and future leading companies and other organizations in the field of thermoplastic composites. 

Thermoplastic composites – a growing use in Aerospace
Thermoplastic composites are lightweight materials for industrial applications, such as aerospace. The application of these high tech materials is rapidly growing because they offer clear advantages versus the currently more widely used thermoset composites. Thermoplastic composites demonstrate higher toughness and offer the potential for recycling. The most striking advantage is that thermoplastic composites offer the opportunity for forming and welding at elevated temperatures, which make them suitable for high speed production techniques such as thermoform pressing and novel joining techniques such as ultrasonic and induction welding.

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