This award recognises the success of an intensive development and production programme that has seen
Each wing's 27m long rear spar is manufactured in three sections and forms the structural heart of the wing fixed trailing edge (FTE). The spar attaches vital parts including the main landing gear, to the wing. Its complex integral contours are achievable only as a result of manufacturing innovations introduced by
Once the spar is manufactured,
used methods developed by Airbus and validated by
To produce this complex spar structure and assemble the WTE, the company has created a totally new, advanced, automated manufacturing and assembly facility near
Here, among many process innovations, advanced automated fibre placement (AFP) machines use robotic heads to lay down carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) material at more than eight times the maximum hand lay-up speed - and with a consistency and accuracy that is impossible to achieve manually. Using this new facility, the company can produce lightweight CFRP components with complex, bespoke geometries, and integrate complete assemblies swiftly, cost effectively and consistently.
Inspection of Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) of the A350 XWB carbon fibre rear wing spar.
The prestigious Horners Award , established in 1947, is thought to be the oldest extant award for plastics in the world.
It is run jointly by the
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