Aerospace

Aerospace News, January 2019

AREOSPACE The University of Sheffield's AMRC have collaborated with Airbus on a project to automate the delivery of tooling supplies at Airbus' Broughton factory. Airbus has said they could develop robots that would be able to autonomously shift entire aircraft wing assemblies at its North Wales factory. The comments follow the announcement that the aircraft-manufacturing giant has successfully trialled autonomous mobile robots at their Broughton site. The company now say the technology could be expanded to ship entire aircraft wing assemblies as the ... Read more

Aerospace News, December 2018

AEROSPACE Ilmor Engineering has applied motorsport technologies to make a diesel aerospace engine meet green clean requirements. The Northampton-based company improved the power density of a General Aviation diesel engine by applying technologies and design solutions honed in motor sport to successfully deliver an EU Clean Sky 2 (CS2) programme, funded by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation project aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise pollution. Ilmor Engineering is world renowned for producing championship-winning engines for Formula 1 and IndyCar and ... Read more

Aerospace News, November 2018

Aerospace companies gathered earlier this month to learn and share stories of how the Sharing in Growth (SiG) programme is radically transforming the productivity of the British aerospace sector.   Greg Clarke, the BEIS Secretary and one of the conference’s keynote speakers, said SiG’s cooperation with the aerospace sector showed that ‘when industry and government work together, you can crack problems that were insuperable.’   “Sharing in Growth continues to deliver exceptional results – securing contracts worth more than £3bn, boosting productivity, creating quality jobs ... Read more

Aerospace News, October 2018

Leading mechanical engineering specialist, MetLase, is celebrating a record-breaking year after securing a landmark contract with the world’s largest aerospace manufacturer. MetLase has been announced as the tooling and fixture partner for Boeing’s new Sheffield facility in a deal that is expected to initially increase its workforce by 15%. MetLase is a 2015 joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Unipart, and specialises in the manufacture of tooling, intelligent fixturing and components, bringing lead times of months down to hours or days. The company ... Read more

Aerospace News September 2018

Advanced surface coating technology company Hardide Coatings has been awarded funding from a UK-wide aerospace initiative, to further the application of the company’s innovative coating technology to aircraft components. The National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) is a £14.4m programme to mature 40 aerospace technologies in the UK aerospace supply chain. Oxfordshire-based Hardide Coatings has been awarded NATEP funding for two projects commencing early September 2018 that will each take 18 months to complete. The first project is to develop a grinding ... Read more

Aerospace Latest News – August 2018

Rolls-Royce has revealed plans to build on its share of the Chinese market after the first Airbus A350 aircraft powered by its Derby-built Trent XWB engine landed in the country. Sichuan Airlines has ordered an Airbus 350 and will start using the aircraft later this month (August).   China is the world’s second-largest civil aviation market and Rolls-Royce says it presents ‘tremendous opportunities”. The Derby manufacturing giant powers over half of the region’s wide body fleet, with 20% of Trent engine orders coming ... Read more

Flying high after five days at Farnborough

The Midlands Aerospace Alliance is flying high after enjoying its most successful year yet at the Farnborough International Air Show. More than 80,000 trade visitors and delegates attended this year’s event, which kicked off on July 16, including Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, who was hosted by the MAA on its stand. The MAA’s appearance at this year’s show followed hot on the heels of the publication of its latest MAA Survey. According to this year’s set of results, turnover within the ... Read more

Aerospace News, July 2018

Rolls-Royce is set to be at the forefront of a £343m “revolution” in electric and hybrid planes, the government has announced. Rolls-Royce will work with Airbus and Siemens on the £58m E-FAN X project aimed at developing a flight demonstrator for hybrid-electric propulsion for commercial aircraft. The project, says the government, will bring forward hybrid-electric technology which will deliver improved environmental performance that is cleaner, quieter and introduce re-evaluations of the entire design of aircraft. Rolls-Royce will also spearhead a £70m ULTRAFAN® ... Read more

Aerospace News, June 2018

The developing trade war between the US and Europe over steel and aluminium tariffs is raising concerns in the aircraft leasing industry that tit-for-tat levies could spread to the booming aviation finance industry.   Peter Barrett, chief executive of the fourth biggest leasing company, SMBC was entering new territory after the EU this week confirmed it planned to target €2.8bn of US products in retaliation for the US decision to introduce levies on European steel and aluminium imports.         SMBC continued to use the current ... Read more

Aerospace News, June 2018

New processes for etching aluminium and titanium parts is helping a Shropshire manufacturer of precision photo etched metal components smash the £5m barrier for the first time in its history.   Advanced Chemical Etching (A.C.E), which is located on Hortonwood in Telford, has seen sales soar by 20% over the last twelve months, with new contracts secured across the aerospace, F1 and automotive sectors.   The firm’s ACmE and TiME processes have generated significant demand from a global customer base that Is committed to sourcing ... Read more
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