United States – Aircraft giant Boeing has signed an agreement with car-maker BMW that will see the two companies share their knowledge on carbon fibre materials through a joint research project.
Boeing and BMW intend to collaborate on improving the manufacturing process for carbon fibre via process simulations and will also exchange ideas regarding the automation of manufacturing. The new partnership is a ‘very important step forward in developing the use and end use of carbon fibre materials,’ says Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Product Development Larry Schneider.
He identifies as a priority the drawing-up of a plan for end-of-life products made from carbon fibre. ‘We want to look at ways to reclaim and reuse those materials to make new products,’ he states. ‘Our work with BMW will help us attain that goal.’
According to BMW Development Board Member Herbert Diess, Boeing’s ‘extensive experience’ will help boost sustainable production solutions in the transportation sector.
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