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Aerospace Sector Consultation Released

Composites UK has been working with the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) on an aerospace sector consultation paper, identifying the priority technology challenges for the UK aerospace sector.

The global aerospace composites market was valued at $11.5bn in 2015 and is expected to grow to $24.8bn by 2025 with a CAGR of 9.1%. Closer to home, the UK’s aerospace composites market was valued at £270m in 2015 and is expected to grow to around £1bn by 2020 and anywhere between £1.3bn and £3.5bn by 2030, depending on platform realisation, demonstrating strong opportunities for the UK composite sector. This report builds on the aerospace segment of the 2016 Composites Leadership Forum’s strategy for the cross-sector opportunities for the UK composites industry.

Specifically highlighted are the technologies which should be prioritised for the exploitation of composite materials and the priority product areas for which companies are of interest across current and future aircraft platforms, structures, systems and propulsion components.

The paper includes:

  • Key findings
  • The vision for UK aerospace composites
  • Key capabilities in aerospace composites
  • Market challenges
  • Technology challenges
  • Barriers to technology adoption
  • Next steps for the ATI

The full paper is available to download, here. Going forward, the ATI will now work with the Composites Leadership Forum (CLF) and the UK composites community (through Composites UK) to identify suitable opportunities across aerospace, with other national programmes and with other sectors for composite technologies that generate technology impact and economic benefit for the aerospace sector.

Edward Andrews, Technologist at the ATI will be presenting findings from the paper at the Advanced Engineering Show on 31st October (12:00 – 12:30) and 1st November (12:30 – 13:00) at Birmingham NEC in the Aero Engineering Forum. Both sessions are free-to-attend.



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