DAHER, a tier-1 supplier to high-technology industries, and the ThermoPlastic composites Research Center (TPRC) in Enschede, The Netherlands have entered into a long term partnership to share and collaborate in the development of thermoplastic technologies for aerospace applications.

“We have been investing in thermoplastic composites research and development for many years, and we delivered several thousand thermoplastic composites parts in 2013 to five major aircraft programs,” said Stéphane Mayer, President and CEO of DAHER-SOCATA. “Today we are pleased to join the founding members of the TPRC - Boeing, Fokker, TenCate and the University of Twente - and we look forward to collaborate with all partners on innovative research programs.”

DAHER-SOCATA, the Aerospace & Defence division of DAHER, adds that it has consolidated both its status as a tier 1 equipment supplier and aircraft manufacturer in the Aerospace industry. DAHER-SOCATA has created a range of products and services which combine its expertise in aircraft building and aerostructures manufacturing, as well as industrial and logistics services

Closely involved in the development and use of composite materials, DAHER-SOCATA is in particular a specialist in injection (RTM) and infusion (LRI) processes, thermoplastics, automated drape-forming and out-of-autoclave processes. DAHER-SOCATA is strongly committed to the development of thermoplastic composite aerostructures with a dedicated factory in Nantes (France) and a continued effort in Research & Technologies. DAHER-SOCATA adds that it is involved in the TPRC, the Thermoplastic Composite Research Center, to accelerate this development in a collaborative and international spirit.