Today, 11 March 2014, NLR and Dutch company Airborne Technology Centre signed an agreement at the JEC Composites exhibition in Paris. In addition, a Letter of Intent has been signed between NLR and Fokker Landing Gear. Minister Kamp of Economic Affairs also visited the NLR stand today. Participation in the JEC exhibition takes place in the context of the Partners for International Business (PIB) program. The program focuses on increasing the market position in France by promotion and knowledge exchange in the field of composites and engines.
Airborne Technology Centre
The agreement covers the opening of a branch of Airborne at the Composites Manufacturing Technology Centre of NLR, which is part of the CompoWorld Incubators in the province of Flevoland. Airborne’s ambition is to extend their product range for the aerospace industry and is looking for a closer cooperation with NLR in order to enhance their competitiveness. Airborne sees this cooperation in the light of growing sales in a positive market. NLR will make available facilities and capacity for technology development and the first series production. The cooperation will carry the name ANTCÂ, Airborne NLR Technology Centre.
Fokker Landing Gear
The letter of intent involves the joint development and maintenance of a facility for industrial research and experimental development in the field of automated manufacturing processes for thick-walled composite landing gear components. These components are manufactured by means of resin injection. Fokker LG has internationally a leading technological role with regard to the application of composites in so-called primary load carrying structures of landing gear.