Composites could capture more of aero: Boeing
May 19, 2014 | 05:28 PM
| Nathan Laliberte
NEW YORK Aluminum alloys will remain key for commercial airplane manufacturers, although composite materials are likely to capture additional market share in the long term, especially if producers of composites are able to reduce overall costs, according to an executive at Boeing Co.
"Obviously, composites are light and have optimal geometry and they really enable us to make some cool shapes," Jeff Carpenter, the Chicago-based aircraft manufacturers senior manager of raw material procurement and supplier management, said recently during a presentation at AMMs Aluminum Summit in Philadelphia. "The wings on the (Boeing) 787they are there because of composites. The....
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