Dornier has been CEO at Lindauer DORNIER GmbH since 2001. His presentation is entitled The (Textile) Empire Strikes Back – From Airplane Construction in the Past to Carbon Fabrics for Composites in the Future.

Summary of Dornier's presentation

From the first large all-metal aeroplane in 1916 to the first mass-produced jet aircraft with carbon fibre components in its primary structure in 1973, Dornier has always been a pioneer in the usage of new materials for lightweight design.

The company's unique history, encompassing aircraft as well as textile and plastics machinery production, enables a visionary view into material developments of the last 100 years and beyond.

Today, Lindauer DORNIER GmbH located in Lindau, Bavaria, is a family company no longer fabricating aircraft parts, but a technology leader in weaving systems for technical textiles as well as for large biaxially oriented polyester and PP film production lines. Part of the Dornier GmbH group until 1985, Lindauer DORNIER GmbH delivered its first weaving machines into the carbon fibre composite industry 40 years ago at the launch of two important aerospace projects – the Dornier/Dassault 'AlphaJet' and the Dornier 'AEROS' satellite programme.

Since then – and especially in the last five years – an ever increasing number of companies have entered this growing market, that is mainly fuelled today by new applications of carbon fibre in the aerospace, automotive and wind energy sectors. Carbon fibre composites, having a strength to weight ratio more than 10 times better than metallic materials like steel or even alumnium, are promising candidates for the design of lightweight structures like automobiles, trains, trucks and larger, more powerful wind turbines, helping to reduce CO2 emissions. The use of the corrosion free carbon fibre to replace steel armouring in new concrete structures, as well as in the repair of historic buildings, could also open up a large new market for textile reinforcement products in the building industry.

Since the number of companies producing carbon fibre has doubled in the last five years, a significant reduction of carbon fibre prices is anticipated over the next decade. The entry of oil- and sun-rich countries in the Gulf area into this field will enable the production of' 'green' carbon fibre using solar power and converting the crude oil into a value added product of high macro-economical impact at very competitive terms. Renewable-energy powered carbon fibre based economies provide a unique engineering-driven vision for the coming years to stretch the availability of world's crude oil resources, gaining more time for the development
of a non oil-based chemical industry.

CFK-Valley Stade Convention 

The CFK-Valley Stade Convention will take place on 12-13 June 2012 in Stade, Germany.

The conference programme and further information is available at www.cfk-convention.com.