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Innovation – The importance of collaboration

In a rapidly-evolving field such as composites, knowledge and experience combine to deliver real-world innovations and productivity improvements. A crucial driver of composites development is the need for more energy-efficient transport. This is particularly the case in aerospace, where developments in composites are led by the sector’s desire for lower weight and higher strength materials.

A crucial area of development in the modern world is energy efficiency in transport.

In this field, and particularly in the aerospace sector, composites are playing an ever more central role. As a result, developments in composites are led by the sector’s ever-increasing use of these materials in a drive for lower weight and higher strength materials.

Composites in Aerospace

The use of composites in aerospace is projected to continue to grow until at least 2033. We can already see a growth in the use of composites in modern passenger aircraft...

  • 1957 – Boeing 707, the first airliner to use composite materials which made up 2% of its structure.
  • 2005 – containing 25% composites the worlds largest passenger aircraft Airbus A380
  • 2009 – launch of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, launched in 2009 this figure had increased to 50%
  • 2013 – saw the first flight of Airbus A350 containing 53% composites

This rate of progress involves a whole range of technologies impacting every component and structure of the aircraft. Consequently, this can only be achieved by bringing together the complete supply chain in a complex collaborative effort.


In the constant search for further weight savings, aerospace engineers employ an expanding range of technologies and materials in different parts of an aircraft structure.

Boeing's Dreamliner and Airbus A350 are prime examples:-

  • Fuselage – AFP carbon prepreg tapes
  • Winglets – hand laid carbon prepreg
  • Wing spars – AFP carbon prepreg tapes
  • Wings – ATL carbon prepreg tapes
  • Wing fairings – hand laid fibreglass
  • Engine nacelles – AFP carbon prepreg tapes

Composites in modern aerostructures

Consequently, academics, trade groups and manufacturers are working together to research and improve the technologies behind composite materials, fibres and resins. This research and development focus not only on enhancements to the composites themselves, but also the manufacturing machinery, software for machine control, assembly techniques and inspection equipment.

To discuss how Bindatex can help you with your composite slitting and formatting, get in touch

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