Boeing (NYSE:BA) is the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Boeing Research & Technology, the company’s central R&D organization, conducts its own R&D and works with top government, private and university research centers throughout the world to find the most innovative and affordable technology solutions for aerospace applications.
As a founding member of the TPRC consortium, Boeing believes that the research center will provide customers with access to an accelerated development and use of thermoplastic materials and processing technologies, world-class suppliers and aircraft components at reduced cost, cycle time and weight. Boeing sees the use of thermoplastics growing across many of the company’s production lines as customers demand products that are lighter, more cost-efficient and environmentally progressive. Through the TPRC, the entire value chain for thermoplastic composites is brought together under one roof, which fosters innovation and thorough deployment of technology. The ability of collaborative enterprises like the TPRC to rapidly innovate and deploy new technology helps Boeing maintain a competitive advantage in the global aerospace industry.
“Thermoplastic materials and processes enable us to reduce weight and cost of aircraft components, and enable produce composite components at very high production rate, allowing designers to explore new application previously dominated by metallic components. I would describe TP research conducted at TPRC as World Class. Boeing’s collaboration with TPRC researchers (included University of Twenty, University of Delft and our Key suppliers Fokker, TenCate, DTC, KVE, others) resulted in new generation of materials and process driving new applications for Boeing products.” Dr. Alex Rubin, Senior Technical Fellow – Boeing Research & Technology.