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The new conquest of the sky

Severely shaken by the health crisis, the aerospace sector has demonstrated resilience and a remarkable capacity to rebound. The global market is currently booming, driven by renewed demand in mature countries and very strong demand in some expanding regions. In 2024, the sector may be setting a historical record with more than 5 billion passengers expected by the end of the year – a number which has never been reached before.

The new conquest of the sky
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Airbus is a perfect illustration of this boom, with a backlog secured for the next 10 years. Guillaume Faury, CEO of the group, specifies that the A320 is fully booked until 2030 and that the production rates are rising for wide-body aircraft, from 10 A350s produced per month to 12 by 2028. Facing its own success, Airbus is dealing with supply chain issues and must also support its suppliers to serve its customers.

Additionally, the aerospace sector is exploring new frontiers, evidenced by the resurgence of interest in supersonic flights, which were shelved after the Concorde and due to stricter regulations. According to several consulting firms, the average annual growth rate of this segment is expected to be in double digits until at least 2035, driven by projects from Boeing, Airbus and newcomers like Spike Aerospace and Boom Technology with its Overture project.

This race for innovation represents a great opportunity for the composites industry, which contributes to the quest for zero defects, a principle that has never been more aptly named. This zero-defect principle also aligns with the goal of zero emissions, the most challenging objective ever presented to these industries. Once again, this serves as a tremendous catalyst for innovation, particularly holistic innovation.

Quick overview of the table of content:

JEC Composites Magazine 157 table of contents

News

  • Arris secures additional $34 M in funding to fuel growth
  • Toray Advanced Composites announced new executive leadership this spring

Business

  • North American viewpoints: JEC’s Building & Infrastructure Summit
  • Charting the course of trends and priorities in the U.S. composites industry

Manufacturing

  • Best practices for human-machine collaboration
  • C1.2, a versatile machine for complex shapes – Coriolis Composites

Feature Aerospace

  • Composites, a core product for stalwart Indian startups
  • Direct overprinting PEEK onto CFRP composites – Cogit Composites & Airbus Atlantic
  • Compression moulding of discontinuous composites for future flight
  • Leveraging AI: digital twins and AR/VR for enhanced aircraft maintenance and repair

Solutions

  • Ottobock, a passion for Paralympics
  • Recyclable epoxy adhesive system for rotor blades – Aditya Birla Chemicals

Technology

  • Redefining composite materials with mycelium-based solutions
  • Inside the lab: Cross-technology lightweight engineering: sustainable, resilient and competitive – ILK (TUD)

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