Aerospace Industry

News and issues concerning aerospace companies, including formations, acquisitions, mergers and financials; and announcements of significant aircraft sales, delivery statistics and personnel appointments.

July 14, 2014 - 7:40am
The UK’s Nasmyth is increasing its apprenticeship program in a bid to expand its skills base.

The trend among tier-two aerospace suppliers to shoulder a higher level of engineering responsibility for the components and subsystems they supply to larger OEMs is just one factor driving the need to ensure the availability of an adequate skills base. For UK precision engineering company Nasmyth, this has led to a concerted effort to recruit and train apprentices in tandem with its efforts to launch new joint ventures in places such as India and South Carolina. On June 26, it opened the office of its new Indian subsidiary in the country’s aerospace hub Bangalore.

July 14, 2014 - 7:30am

Making its first appearance at the Farnborough Airshow, BCube (Hall 1 Stand C15) is presenting its wide range of services, spanning distribution of parts to managing warehouses and handling the distribution of spare parts from national and international suppliers.

July 14, 2014 - 7:25am
Europe’s Aerospace and Defence Industries Association (ASD) is comprised of 27 national associations and 16 major companies.

With an annual turnover of €186.8 billion (around $200 billion), which represents one percent of the European Union’s GDP, and employing more than 752,000 people, the European aerospace and defense industries play a key role in securing Europe’s future.

July 14, 2014 - 7:20am

Lord Corp. (Chalet A33) is here at the Farnborough show as it starts a major expansion push into Europe. At a pre-show briefing at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London the company unveiled a new “aerospace business growth strategy for Europe”–the main focus being the booming fixed-wing airliner sector, as Lord is already active in the helicopter industry in Europe, specializing in noise, vibration and motion-control technologies.

July 14, 2014 - 7:00am
Under a joint venture with Sikorsky, India’s Tata Advanced Systems, has produced, entirely locally, more than 70 S-92 cabins, one of which is flying for a customer in Brazil.

A slowdown in reforms in India over the past five years–and a virtual pause in procurement–may be about to change following renewed optimism and confidence as the new government shows, for the moment at least, that it is serious. As hectic activity takes place in the ministries of commerce, finance and defense, increasing manufacturing, exports and foreign direct investment (FDI) are focus areas of the new regime.

July 14, 2014 - 6:50am
A GKN technician at an electron beam melting (EBM) machine, which permits toolless additive manufacturing that can create solid titanium objects–such as wing ribs from powder–rapidly and cost-effectively. Below, a GKN technician works on a composite spar assembly of a rear trailing edge.

Rich Oldfield, GKN Aerospace technical director, told AIN that technology remains at the heart of the company’s ability to succeed in the market and it invests heavily, especially in composites, metallics and developing a “niche portfolio in transparencies, protection systems and coatings, which many of our competitors don’t have.” Alongside this are “important technologies in inspection, assembly and automation.”

July 14, 2014 - 6:45am
Defense applications are now key programs for GKN. Here, a technician conducts an optical inspection of a canopy for the CTOL (conventional takeoff and landing) version of the Lockheed Martin F-35.

GKN Aerospace (Chalet G1) comes to Farnborough content in having achieved “a good set of results” in 2013 as it increased sales by 10 percent to £7.6 billion (around $10 billion). “It was a good year at GKN pretty much across the board–bar land systems,” said Kevin Cummings, CEO of GKN aerospace during a pre-airshow briefing.

July 14, 2014 - 6:30am
 Gifas president Marwan Lahoud is happy with the French industry’s performance but wants to avoid complacency.

French aerospace industry lobbying association Gifas (Hall 1 Stand A15) is foreseeing another excellent year in terms of revenue and orders. In an economy bombarded with bad news, France’s aerospace sector is often cited as an example. A thorn in its side, however, has been the euro/dollar currency exchange rate. Recruitment remains a tricky issue, too.

July 14, 2014 - 6:10am

Industrial bioscience company Amyris and energy giant Total have begun to market a so-called drop in jet fuel containing a 10-percent mix of renewable farnesane under a newly revised ASTM standard, the companies announced in June. Amyris and Total have worked closely on approval of the new fuel with Boeing, which, according to the airframer’s managing director of environmental strategy and integration, Julie Felgar, wants to see biofuel account for a 1-percent share of the total jet fuel supply within 10 years.

July 14, 2014 - 6:05am
In May, an A330-200 operated by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines made a 10-hour flight from Amsterdam to Aruba with tanks filled with a 20-percent blend of fuel made from used cooking oil.

Even as aircraft engine makers continue their very focused efforts to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, the use of biofuel alternatives to jet-A is an increasingly important facet of the campaign to make air transport more environmentally sustainable. Plans for making biofuels a more mainstream option for operators now account for around half of all the objectives set by the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe (Acare).

 
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