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Innovate UK to develop novel material for the UK aerospace sector

Nexam Chemical (UK) has been selected as a key partner in the “TAPE Extreme” project, financed by Innovate UK, targeting development of advanced temperature resistant composites for the UK aerospace sector. Nexam Chemical adds competencies within chemistry, polymers and resins to the consortium, and has been awarded a £100K grant with the objective of developing novel materials that can replace metals in jet engines.

Nexam Chemical St. Andrews has, together with partners from the whole value chain, been selected as a key partner in the project, dubbed “Advanced Thermoformable Cross-linking Resin Unidirectional Tapes”, which consists of a consortium of commercial players within composites and aerospace, in partnership with the University of Sheffield. Nexam Chemical’s part of the grant is £100K, which will primarily be used for R&D activities.

The project’s main objective is to drive replacement of metals like titanium and other alloys with novel high temperature resistant composites in jet engines, leading to lighter components and resulting fuel savings. The technology is intended for primarily civil aviation applications, where the largest commercial potential lies. The project is a part of Innovate UK, which strives to strengthen local UK aerospace sector, and supports local OEMs, such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce and GKN.

Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. signs agreement with Airbus Aerostructures

Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL) announces an agreement with Airbus Aerostructures GmbH to manufacture and supply components and assemblies for various Airbus Commercial Platforms such as the A-320 family and the A330neo and A350. TASL will manufacture these components from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities at Hyderabad and Nagpur.