Composites could capture more of aero: Boeing

May 19, 2014 | 05:28 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  Boeing, Jeff Carpenter, aluminum alloy, composites, carbon fiber, 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 manufacturer’s senior manager of raw material procurement and supplier management, said recently during a presentation at AMM’s Aluminum Summit in Philadelphia. "The wings on the (Boeing) 787—they are there because of composites. The....

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