Struggling with the A320-family production ramp-up and A321 delivery delays, Airbus bets on robots.
Thanks to Hexcel opening a new factory in France, European industry gains complete autonomy in carbon fiber supply.
Combining Japan’s aircraft-building businesses would save engineering, equipment and marketing costs, MHI says. Management expenses might be reduced, too.
There is much more to come in additive manufacturing for aerospace as 3D metal parts proliferate.
With commercial aircraft programs at record production rates, aerostructures OEMs are looking for technologies to produce carbon-fiber components faster.