Aerospace thermoplastic composites program flying high

Airbus, Fokker and TenCate have recently signed a contract for the next stage of the Thermoplastic Affordable Primary Aircraft Structure innovation program (TAPAS), in the presence of the French President François Hollande, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp.

The TAPAS program has been running since 2010 and has been hailed as a highly successful tool for project-based innovation partnership.

The TAPAS consortium consists of companies and knowledge institutes in the Dutch aerospace industry working together with Airbus on the development of thermoplastic composite applications for primary structural parts, such as aircraft fuselages, wings and tail sections. Eco-efficiency is an important additional objective.

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