Austrian aerospace manufacturer FACC says that it has joined the ThermoPlastic composites Research Center (TPRC) based in Enschede, the Netherlands.

At the center, the company plans to research lightweight thermoplastic fiber composites for aerospace applications.

Other aerospace companies at the center include Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems, Collins Aerospace and GKN Aerospace, FACC said.
"Resilience, lower weight, processability, recyclability and cost effectiveness: the demands placed on materials for the construction of aircraft and drones are extremely high," said René Adam, director of re-search and technology at FACC. "The materials that are currently being researched together with interna-tional partners offer enormous potential in this regard. Manufacturing by means of thermoplastic fiber composites has now become one of the core elements of materials and process research in the aero-space sector.”